Posts Tagged 'Intercessions'

Returning the Gift

Just about every week in the Prayers of the Faithful, we hear intercessions praying for an increase in priestly and religious vocations. How wonderful that as a body of Christ’s faithful people, we are invoking the Spirit to inspire, enliven, and sustain vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Every vocation is holy, every vocation is grace-filled. So why single out religious vocations at Mass? Perhaps the reason is because vocations to the priesthood and religious life are, statistically, less common than vocations to the married life or single life.

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message in preparation for the 2nd Latin American Continental Congress on Vocations. He wrote: “A vocation is not the fruit of any human project or of a clever organizational strategy. In its deepest reality, it is a gift of God, a mysterious and ineffable initiative of the Lord, who enters the life of a person cultivating it with the beauty of his love, and arousing, consequently, a total and definitive self-giving to that divine love (cf. John 15:9.16)”. Let us continue to pray for each of our vocations, that we might have the courage, strength, and joy to offer that total and definitive self-gift in return for God’s love!

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