I, and our parish Vocation Awareness Committee, is asking all of us to support vocations to priesthood and religious life by our prayers.
It is God who calls, who creates the desire in people to serve. But we need to do everything possible to make it easier for young people to hear God’s call. God does not text his plans to us, or post them on our Facebook page. God does plant his seeds within our hearts. The more we tend to our relationship with Christ the more likely we will come to know God’s will for us.
One thing that every single one of us can do is to pray for Church vocations. In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells the disciples to pray that God will send workers to gather the harvest. We are those workers. Most are called to marriage and family life. Some are called to serve as ordained priests or deacons or members for a religious order, also referred to a consecrated life.
We have a simple way for all of us to be part of this critical prayer ministry. Pick a day each month to pray for those God is calling. We have provided a prayer but you can choose some other way if you prefer.
Throughout the long history of the Church God has called people to serve as priests or in the consecrated life. This web page provides links to resources designed to aid those discerning a call to the religious life. It also provides links to resources to help families foster vocations in the home, and the church foster vocations in the parish.
Exploring where the Risen Lord is leading you? Pray, Listen, Act. Repeat.
St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests, pray for us.