Contemporary society offers so many diverse and valuable ways to live your life.
Today, as in the past, God calls every man and woman to serve him and his church. Yet today so many distractions make it increasingly difficult to hear God's voice. Discerning your vocation is a challenge, no doubt about it.
Is God calling you to be a priest? A monk? A nun? A deacon? Maybe a wife? A mother? A husband? A father? You never will know for sure unless you consider the possibilities.
“’I know well the plans I have in mind for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.’” (Jer 29:11)
Master of the harvest, send laborers to your church to gather the harvest of faith, for you are the giver of life and we give glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Lord our God, in your great love you have called us from nothingness into being. Through Jesus Christ your child, who is the way, the truth and the life, you have called us to walk on the road of perfection, and to consecrate ourselves to you and to the service of all people, whom you have created for life and glory.
To those who are called to a life of faith in the midst of the world, give the grace of witness to the Gospel.
To those who are called to the life of Christian perfection, give the grace of contemplation, understanding of the will of God and zeal for righteousness and charity.
To those who are called to service in the ordained ministries, give the grace of your Holy Spirit to nourish and strengthen their brothers and sisters in the way of the Lord.
Indeed, grant to all of us the gifts of witness, of perfection and of service. Give us the power to carry the cross of discipleship, the peace to discern our true calling, and the gift of communion with you through prayer and love. Lord, we can do nothing without the grace of your Holy Spirit, uphold those who have been sealed with the gift of your Spirit and pour forth an abundance of gifts for the building up of your kingdom. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.