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Vocations

 
Vocation Meetings
 
Throughout the year, we will gather any interested students for an informal discussion of Priesthood, Religious Life and Vocations in service to the Church. Interested students should make themselves known to the School Minister. These meetings are confidential in nature, as many people contemplating their calling have not revealed this to their friends.
 
Prayer for Vocations
 
We praise you for your goodness.
We thank you for your gifts, O Lord.
We ask you to strengthen us to live in
love and service to others after the example of
your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to see
our vocations as a journey toward you.
You have called us, not to set us apart,
but to bring us together
with others who need our love.
Make us faithful signs of
your presence in our midst.
We ask you through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer To Know One’s Vocation

Lord, my God and my loving Father,
you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you,
and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.
I know that you are in all things,
and that every path can lead me to you.
But of them all, there is one especially
by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me,
I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind,
to show me what you want of me; into my heart,
to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind,
and with all my strength right to the end.
Amen.
 
Is God calling me? How do I know if God is calling me? There are several things that help us to discern God’s call in our lives:
  1. Prayer: Spend time daily in quiet prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blesses Sacrament. Also praying the Rosary. Mary’s total surrender to God is a model for all of us to follow. Read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels.
  2. Sacraments: Frequent reception of the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist open our hearts to hearing the voice of God.
  3. Counsel: Seek counsel from people you trust (your parents, a priest). Get spiritual direction from someone trained to do so.
  4. Silence: Being with God in silence allows us to hear His voice, away from all of the distractions of the world.
  5. Visit: Visit a seminary: You do not know what you are saying yes or no to unless you go and see
  6. Participate: Join a discernment group in order to be with others who are trying to discern God’s will in their lives.
  7. Trust: Above all, trust that doing the will of God will bring us joy and peace.
Thank you Father Burke Masters for these words.