FOR CONSECRATED MEN – RELIGIOUS MEN AND YOUNG MEN
Pope Francis' message:
Vocation Promotion has to be NARRATED. A youth wants to see “narrated” in the concrete life of a consecrated <person> the model to follow: Jesus Christ. The pastoral of “contagion”, of the “come and see” is the only Vocational Pastoral that is truly evangelical, without a taste of proselytism. “Young people feel the need of close reference figures, credible, coherent and honest, as well as of places and occasions in which they put to the test the capacity of relationship with others”. Only an incarnated faith and vocational proposal has the possibility of entering in the life of a youth than the contrary.
Almighty God, You inspire us to know and to do good. We ask You for those who left everything and consecrated themselves to You and to follow Jesus Christ. Lead them by the way of salvation and help them to retreat themselves from deceptive offers of the world so they can serve You and their neighbors faithfully in the spirit of evangelical poverty and humility. Wake up in young men the desire for complete consecration to You in the community with a specific charism. For You live and reign for ever and ever. 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.