FOR THE SINGLE PERSONS – LAY PERSONS WHO FULFILL THEIR MISSION IN THE CHURCH
Pope Francis' message:
Vocation Promotion has to be PERSEVERED. One must be persevering with young people; sow and hope patiently that the seed will grow and bear fruit one day. The mission of the agent of youth pastoral <care> must be very aware that his work is to sow, another will make it grow and others to gather the fruits.
Vocation Promotion has to be ECCLESIASTICAL. This ecclesial framework asks a commitment of young people and a participation in the life of the Church, as actors and not as simple spectators. They must also feel themselves participants in consecrated life: its activities, its spirituality, its charism, its fraternal life, its way of living the following of Christ.
Almighty God, You gifted the world with the fertile yeast of the Gospel. We ask You for lay people whom You called to live in the midst of the world and worries of everyday life to fulfill their obligations in the Christian spirit and build Your Kingdom in the place where they are. Grant us this 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.