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By Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange, June 25, 2024

Father Ed Broom is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary and the author of Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary and From Humdrum to Holy. He blogs regularly at Fr. Broom’s Blog.

Jesus called the Rich Young man to follow Him, and Jesus promised this man blessings and eternal life. Unfortunately, “possessed by his own possessions,” the rich man departed from Jesus sad. He preferred his things, his wealth above and beyond the treasure of Jesus’ friendship in this life as well as in the next, heaven forever. (Mk. 10:17-31)

This Gospel passage relates, at least indirectly, to the call to the Religious Life, to the radical following of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is that Jesus calls and invites the person to follow Him, but Jesus is never going to force the person. He respects the freedom of the individual.  ….

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