Vocation Prayers



    VOCATIONs Stations of the Cross booklet

    is god calling your child?

    The Family as the Domestic Church

    Holy Catholic families are created to produce not just "nice people" but saints. As the Fathers of the Church and the Second Vatican Council teach us, the family is the domestic Church. A married couple lives their life of love in Christ as fruit of their baptismal call to holiness. That faithful love, through their vocation as husband and wife, becomes a seed bed for the vocations of their children. The family is where the virtues of prayer, hard work, sacrifice and generosity are lived and modeled. Parents then are given the remarkable gift of forming their children in readiness to hear and answer the Lord’s call to holiness and apostolic mission in service to Him and His Church. They are instrumental in giving their children an esteem for the wonderful dignity of the Lord’s choice of them should He honor them with a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated religious life. “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain on it.” Proverbs 22:6

    Vocations Articles

    From The Word Among Us, March 20, 2007

    A Home Where Vocations Grow: 12 Things Parents Can Do

    Is There a Priest (or Sister) in the House: Parents, Kids & the Religious Life

    "Follow Me": A Lenten Call to Parents & Kids Alike

    Twin Callings: The Love of Christ Impelled Them

    Statement of Vocations

    Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde

    I want to ask you, dear sisters and brothers, to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in a very particular way. I am not asking you to pray for vocations in general, for example, “Dear God, please choose someone, like the person next door.” Rather, I am inviting you to pray this way: “Dear God, if you will, please choose someone from my family – my family – to be a priest, sister or brother. And if you do, I will support that person with my prayers and encouragement.” Admittedly, this is a more difficult prayer because it reaches the heart of each family. But it is also a more generous prayer and God responds to generosity!

    If God Should Call One of Your Sons or Daughters

    Pope Pius XII, March 25, 1942

    God has blessed your marriage and given you children…. If the Divine Master comes and asks for “His part”—one of your children, whom He has called to be a priest, a religious or a nun—what will you do? What will become of the holy inspirations that have spoken to their hearts, and His voice whispering to them: “Do you love Me? Will you follow Me?” In God’s name I beg you not to stifle in their souls their openness to the Divine Call. How deep will your Christian spirit really be if you back away from the honor of cooperating and helping in the work of spreading the Faith and the Catholic Church not merely with material help but also with the very precious gift of your children that God is asking of you? Dear married couples, help the Church, the Spouse of Christ; help Christ, the Savior of men, with the fruit of your marriage. Give God the portion of your blessing He is asking for out of your home.

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