Just before the beginning of Mass the Faithful are invited to pray the Vocation Prayer together. I am not sure who or when it started but it is a beautiful reminder that it is up to us to not only pray for vocations to the priesthood and Religious Life but, we must also ask a young person to consider a vocation.
I was reading an article on vocations and one of the main points offered by a bishop was the need for individuals, families, parishes, and dioceses to rely on God’s grace. But there were some practical things as well. Vocations come from families who are devout. Families who consider their relationship with God most important. The spirituality of the parents becomes the seed bed of vocations. Another aspect is the Mass. Is it done with reverence? Does it have a transcendence quality or is the Mass just about us? The bishop said that the “Sacred Liturgy is supposed to put us in contact with the transcendent God.” The Mass should lift our hearts and minds towards the glory of Heaven. Flowing from the Mass is Eucharistic Adoration. This is another factor in promoting vocations. In the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, in the silence, we hear the Lord speak to us and inviting us to a vocation of love.
Thankfully, I believe here at St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s we are doing many of the things that encourages vocations. Can we do better? Oh yes, I think so. While we continue to improve in these and other areas we accept God’s grace daily. If we are to continue as a Eucharistic Church we need vocations to the priesthood. If we are to be a church of service to the poor we need men and women in religious life.
Blessings, Father Dooley
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT have I considered a Vocation in service of the Church? Have I ever asked a young person to be a priest or a nun? Do I experience transcendence quality at Mass?