FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE DISCERNING THEIR VOCATION IN THE CHURCH
Pope Francis in the message to the Congress participants “Horizons and Hopes” says:
Vocation Promotion has to be DIFFERENTIATED. If we want a vocational proposal of following Christ to touch the heart of young people and to have them feel attracted by Christ and by the following of Christ proper to consecrated life, the Pastoral Vocation must be: Differentiated, in such a way that it responds to the questions that every youth poses to himself and that offers each one of them what is necessary to fill abundantly his searching desires (Cf. John 10:10). It must not be forgotten that the Lord calls each one by his name, with his history, and He offers each one and asks of him a personal and non-transferable path in his vocational response.
Lord Jesus, You said: “Seek and you will find”; stay by young people searching love, understanding and happiness. Grant them the light of Your Spirit so they sincerely and persistently look for the true values, distinguish them from false ones and decide for the beauty, good, and truth. Listen to our plea and give us courage to follow You, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life on the way of priestly or consecrated life. Let the difficulty of today be filled by endless mercy of our Heavenly Father, who sent You that we might have eternal life in abundance. For You are God and You live and reign with the Father in unity with the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
Lord Jesus, in journeying towards the Synod, 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.