Monday, May 16, 2011

Vocation Sunday

Sunday was the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Vocation comes from the Latin “vocare” and means “called.”  Below are some items for reflection that relate to discerning one's vocations.

John Henry Cardinal Newman on Vocation:
“God has created me to do him some definitive service;
he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.”

Blessed John Paul II on his priestly Vocation:
“I  am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest.  Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question.  Let me try briefly to reply.  I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely.  For it remains a mystery, even to myself.  How does one explain the ways of God?  Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!'  There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own.  Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.

And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood.  Nothing means more to me or gives me greater joy that to celebrate Mass each day and to serve God's people in the Church.  That has been true ever since the day of my ordination as a priest.  Nothing has ever changed this, not even becoming Pope."

Pope Benedict XVI's letter in honor of the World Day of Prayer for Vocation: