31 Days of Prayer – Prayer for Vocations

Praying for vocations are near and dear to my heart. As some of you may know, I spent a number of years discerning a religious vocation with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Even though I do not have a vocation, spending time with those sisters was one the best things I’ve ever done. I learned so much about my faith, myself and others. Seriously, sometimes I think everyone should go through a noviate!

31 Days of Prayer - Prayer for Vocations

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Thus, as our month of prayer comes to a close, I think it is fitting and proper to pray for vocations. We need holy priests, brothers, and sisters in the Church!

This prayer for vocations comes from the USCCB website:

Loving God, you call all who believe in you to grow perfect in love by following in the footsteps of Christ your Son. Call from among us more men and women who will serve you as religious. By their way of life, may they provide a convincing sign of your Kingdom for the Church and the whole world. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

In your prayers for vocations, don’t forget that marriage is a vocation, and so is the single life. We need to pray for holy and faithful marriages. We also need single lay faithful who are called to serve the church in various capacities! May the Lord send workers into His harvest!

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations (This Sunday)

Just want to give you a heads up that this Sunday (April 17, 2016) is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

It is so important to pray for vocations. I am sure we all know that the Church needs more men and women in service to the Lord. As someone who spend a signficant amount of time discerning a religious vocation, I can attest that it is a beautiful and fulfilling life! I may not have had a vocation but I have never regretted my time with the Little Sisters.

And, if you are a parent, please be open to your child having a possible vocation. I was blessed to have parents who supported my decision to discern a vocation. However, during my time with the Little Sisters, I saw so many parents who disapproved (and actively opposed) their daughters’ vocation. This opposition caused a lot of pressure and angst that affected the women’s ability to truly discern God’s plan for them.

For information and prayers for vocations go here and here.

 

Fearless Friday: Prayer for Vocations

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It’s no secret that we are are in dire need of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. That is why I am dedicating this day to pray for vocations. Praying for vocations is dear to my heart because, like I mentioned before, I spent time discerning a vocation to religious life with the Little Sisters of the Poor before discovering that my real vocation was marriage and family.

We need men and women who are witnesses to Christ and who are willing to dedicate their lives to Him. We need their dedication to the people of God and His Church, to the poorest of the poor, and the the weakest of the weak.

We also need parents who are willing to support their children who may have a vocation! As parents we need to be willing to talk about vocations.  We need to be bold and willing to encourage vocations when we see them in our young people!

To all you parents, let me ask you: Are you open to your child having a vocation to the priesthood or religious life?

Let’s pray together for vocations:

“Loving God, you call all who believe in you to grow perfect in love by following in the footsteps of Christ your Son. Call from among us more men and women who will serve you as religious. By their way of life, may they provide a convincing sign of your Kingdom for the Church and the whole world. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(Prayer found at the USCCB.)