My dear people we are encouraged to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life today. It is encouraging to see that the best numbers for years have been entering the convents this year. As you know seminarians and new priests seem to find their way to St. Bernard’s regularly; vocations are out there and we need to encourage people to ask the question, ”What me?”. When you are talking about the future with your young people, do you ever think about asking if they have a vocation? Here are the keys to vocations, ask, challenge, encourage, pray. The Lord will do the calling, we just need to do the preparation work to make sure they hear. The church is depending on you! The Lord needs you to give him a go! Here is a Prayer for Vocations:
Gracious God, With grateful hearts we welcome the presence of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. We accept the mission of Jesus to bring good news to the world by our baptismal commitment to gospel living. Bless us with discerning hearts. May we have the courage to give our lives in loving service through married life, the single life, the consecrated life, and ordained life. Inspire men and women to respond generously and embrace the gift of a religious vocation. We unite our prayers with the whole Church, with the communion of saints, with Jesus and the Spirit in praise and thanksgiving now and forever. Amen.