FOR CONSECRATED WOMEN – RELIGIOUS WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN
Pope Francis' message:
Vocation Promotion has to be ACCOMPANIED. One thing is clear in the youth pastoral: it is necessary to accompany young people, to walk with them, to listen to them, to challenge them, to move them so that they go beyond the comforts in which they rest, to awaken the desire, to interpret for them what they are experiencing, to lead them to Jesus and always fostering freedom so that they respond to the Lord’s call freely and responsibly. It is necessary to create an atmosphere of trust, to make young people feel loved as they are and for what they are. The text of the disciples of Emmaus can be a good example of accompaniment (Cf. Luke 24:13-35). A personal relationship with young people by the consecrated is irreplaceable.
Heavenly Father, You call all to a perfect love and You call many to follow Your Son in a special way. Help all women whom You called to consecrated life to live in perfect love and become the convincing sign of Your Kingdom for the Church and the world. Grand Your grace to the young women to have the courage to follow Your voice and understand the meaning of selfless and complete giving themselves to You. We ask You 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.