FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE SMALL COMMUNITIES OF THE CHURCH AND THE NESTS OF VOCATIONS
Pope Francis' message:
Vocation Promotion, instead, must be placed in close relationship with evangelization, education in the faith, so that the Vocation Promotion is a true itinerary of faith and leads to a personal encounter with Christ, and with the ordinary pastoral, especially with the pastoral of the family, so that parents assume, with joy and responsibility, their mission of being the first vocational animators of their children, freeing themselves and freeing their children from blockage within egoistic perspectives, of calculation or power, which happen very often in the heart of families, even those that are practicing.
The Almighty God, in You is the beginning and a solid foundation of every community of family. By the power of the Holy Spirit strengthen and give courage to the families who pray for the vocation of their children. Make them willing to give themselves into Your service. Help us to grow in mutual love and the family virtues according to the example of the Holy Family, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
Lord Jesus, Your Church turns her attention to all young people of the world. We pray that they might boldly take courage of their lives, aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life and always keep their hearts unencumbered.
Accompanied by wise and generous guides, help them respond to the call You make to each of them, to realize a proper plan of life and achieve happiness. Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams and make them concerned for the good of others.
Like the Beloved Disciple, may they stand at the foot of the Cross, to receive Your Mother as a gift from You. May they be witnesses to Your Resurrection and be aware that You are at their side as they joyously proclaim You as Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Surrender
I surrender to You, Lord, my life; make it fruitful.
I surrender to You, Lord, my will; make it according to Your will.
Take my hands and make them embracing.
Take my heart and enkindle it.
Take my feet and do not let them be tired.
Take my eyes and make them transparent.
Take my everyday moments and make them new.
Take my tiredness and it be Yours.
Take my ways and make them Your way.
Take my lies and make them truth.
Take my death and make it a life.
Take my obedience and make it delight.
Take my nothingness and make from it what pleases You.
Take my family and make it Yours.
Take my friends and make them Yours.
Take my sins, my lack of love, and my constant disappointments.
Take my crosses and let me to spread my wings.
Take my dried flowers and let me be free.
Renew me in giving, in joy of self-giving, in unlimited giving of my life, and to wear myself out in Your service. Amen.