Each time I speak with parishioners, I am amazed at their enthusiasm for the Church, vocations, and their faith! It is inspiring!
Last year, I was with the parishioners of the Archdiocese of Newark, encouraging them to promote vocations in their parishes, and then shortly thereafter, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and our focus shifted elsewhere understandably.
Now, a year later, we still need to get to work to foster vocations in our parishes. Pope Francis, in his message for the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, during the height of the pandemic, encouraged this, too. In this message, he wrote, “Dear friends, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find courage to say “yes” to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ, and to make of their lives a song of praise for God, for their brothers and sisters, and for the whole world.”
So, following Pope Francis’ lead and request, we want to continue to promote vocations, especially the need to pray for vocations, during the world’s current trials.
I encourage all to pray that God will bless us with the holy priests, sisters, and marriages we need in this time in our world. Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples to make them fishers of men, let Your sweet invitation continue to resound: “Come and follow me.” Grant young men and young women the grace of responding promptly to Your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are carrying out the ideal of a life of totally consecrated to Your service.
Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, help us say “Yes to the Lord Who calls us to collaborate in the Divine Design of Salvation.” Amen.
~ St. Pope John Paul II ~
Note my helper Jake, who is my constant companion in my study!