Pro-vocation

ways to support vocations

 ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few;

pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest’” (Mt 9:35-38).

 

“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 grow 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

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 in you personal prayer this specific intention, 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 it and are living already a celibate life for the kingdom of Heaven.

2. TALK ABOUT IT

Within family and friends speak about vocations, invite priests and religious to your house, 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 with 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, 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 offer your prayers in a particular way for one of the young women in formation in our community. You can become his/her spiritual benefactor, praying and also offering your sacrifices for her and her journey. If you are interested please contact us at vocations@apostlesofil.com and we will guide to know more about this most beautiful gift you can give to our community.