Pro-VocationWays to support vocations
“The culture of vocation is at the base of a culture of new life, which is a life of gratitude and of gratuity, of trust and of responsibility; at its roots, it is a culture of the desire for God, who gives the grace of esteeming man for himself, and of incessantly defending his dignity in the face of all that could oppress him in body and in spirit. (RH#2)”
Supporting a culture of vocations can foster a New Evangelization, a new personal and vibrant awareness of Christ who calls all of us to follow him in many different ways.
We suggest three powerful and simple ways to support a pro-vocations culture:
1. PRAY FOR VOCATIONS
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “The first way to awaken vocations is prayer, as is shown to us by the example of St. Monica, who, supplicating God with humility and persistence, obtained the grace of seeing her son Augustine become Christian.” St. Augustine wrote of his mother, “Without a doubt I believe and affirm that through her prayers, God granted me the intention not to propose, not to want, not to think, not to love anything else but the attainment of truth.” … Pray that each tiny seed of a vocation grows into a mature tree, bearing much good fruit for the Church and for all humanity.” … “Let us ask him to inspire many young people to center their hearts on the things of Heaven and to offer themselves joyfully in the service of Christ our Good Shepherd in the priesthood and religious life.” Benedict XVI, April 25, 2010
Pray that many will be able to listen to and follow Jesus, and to allow themselves to be transformed interiorly by his words, which “are spirit and life” (Jn 6:62). Mary, the Mother of Jesus and ours, also supports and reminds them: “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5).
Incorporate this specific intention into your personal prayer, lift up your heart to the Lord and ask for more vocations as well as for the perseverance of the ones who have been called to discern consecrated life and for those already living a celibate life for the kingdom of Heaven.
2. TALK ABOUT IT
Speak about vocations with family and friends. Invite priests and religious to your house and make them part of your extended family. Expose the youth to this type of life and to this call to love. Continue to pray together, knowing that Jesus said: “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) “You” is understood as plural. When we unite our prayer to the One with others, we pray as the people of God. Once you have understood the importance of praying to support vocations you can invite others to join you. Be the one leading the prayer for vocations in your parish, movement, and organization, and encourage others to be sensitive to this very special and most important need in the Church.
3.”ADOPT” A VOCATION
If you desire, you can also offer your prayers in a particular way for one of the young women in formation in our community. You can become her spiritual benefactor, praying and offering your sacrifices for her and her journey. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will tell you more about this most beautiful gift you can give to our community.