POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE TO VOCATIONAL CONFERENCE “HORIZONS AND HOPES”
Prayer must have a very important place in the Vocation Promotion. The Lord says it clearly: “pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). Prayer constitutes the first and irreplaceable service that we can offer to the cause of vocations. Given that a vocation is always a gift of God, the vocational call and the response to this vocation can only resonate and make itself felt in prayer, without it being understood as an easy recourse to be aloof to work in the evangelization of young people so that they open themselves to the Lord’s call. To pray for vocations implies, in the first place, to pray and work for fidelity in one’s own vocation; to create environments where it is possible to hear the Lord’s call’ to set out to proclaim the “Gospel of vocation, to promote them and cause them.
A PRAYER OF POPE FRANCIS FOR NEW VOCATIONS
Mary Most Holy, the Mother of our Savior, had the courage to embrace this ideal, placing her youth and her enthusiasm in God’s hands. Through her intercession, may we be granted that same openness of heart, that same readiness to respond, “Here I am”, to the Lord’s call, and that same joy in setting out (cf. Lk 1:39), like her, to proclaim him to the whole world.
We ask the Lord to grant to all those who are on a vocational journey a deep sense of belonging to the Church; and that the Holy Spirit may strengthen among Pastors, and all of the faithful, a deeper sense of communion, discernment and spiritual fatherhood and motherhood.
Father of Mercy, who gave your Son for our salvation and who strengthens us always with the gifts of your Spirit, grant us Christian communities which are alive, fervent and joyous, which are fonts of fraternal life, and which nurture in the young the desire to consecrate themselves to you and to the work of evangelization. Sustain these communities in their commitment to offer appropriate vocational catechesis and ways of proceeding towards each one’s particular consecration. Grant the wisdom needed for vocational discernment, so that in all things the greatness of your merciful love may shine forth. May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus, intercede for each Christian community, so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, it may be a source of true vocations for the service of the holy People of God. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
PRAYER OF ACCEPTATION by Pedro Casaldálig
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped as soon as in the circle of my family I learned, in a babbling way, to say Your Name.
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped in every new calling which brought me to a broken sea.
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped after the horizon of midday, after the threshold of death.
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped in every face of the afflicted man in which I see Your crying Face.
You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped and in an unequal fight You overcame me, O Lord, and the victory is Yours.
You duped me, O Lord; it was an unequal fight, yet, the victory is ours.