There can be no promotion of vocations or Christian mission apart from constant contemplative prayer.Pope Francis

On April 22, the Church will be marking the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations – a day on which the whole Church will be united in prayer that more men will answer God’s call to be the visible face of the Good Shepherd in our world.

All are invited to pray the rosary on this day, especially as a family, with the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.

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Sunday, April 22

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

At last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love!St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Monday, April 23

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

We need them in life’s early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them while tasting life’s woes.

When we come to this world we are sinful,
The greatest as well as the least.
And the hands that make us pure as angels
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness
Their dignity stands alone.

For there in the stillness of morning
Ere the sun has emerged from the east,
There God rests between the pure fingers
Of the beautiful hands of a priest.

When we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin
‘Tis the hand of a priest that will absolve us.
Not once but again and again.

And when we are taking life’s partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast,
But the hands that will bless and unite us,
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress,
What can a poor sinner do better
But to praise Thee who chose thee to bless.

When the death dews on our eyes are falling,
May our courage and strength be increased
To see, raised above us in blessing
The beautiful hands of a priest.

Anonymous

Tuesday, April 24

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

St. Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary; and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest — always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again, the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest.St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars
Wednesday, April 25

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community…. This is why Jesus said: ‘Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest,’ that is, God the Father, ‘to send out laborers into his harvest’ (Mt 9:38). Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.Pope Francis - Regina Caeli Message, Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 21, 2013
Thursday, April 26

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

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 St. John Paul the Great- Los Angeles, USA, September 14, 1987

Friday, April 27
To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

Prayer of Thomas Merton

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.
And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always,
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.

Saturday, April 28

To reflect on while you pray the rosary, or some part of it, for an increase in vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life:

Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of our souls, you who know your sheep and know how to reach our hearts, open the minds and hearts of those young people who search for and await a word of truth for their lives; let them understand that only in the mystery of your incarnation do they find full light; arouse the courage of those who know where to seek the truth, but fear that what you ask will be too demanding.

Stir in the hearts of those young people who would follow you, but who cannot overcome doubts and fears, and who in the end follow other voices and other paths which lead nowhere.

You who are the Word of the Father, the Word which creates and saves, the Word which enlightens and sustains hearts, conquer with your Spirit the resistance and delays of indecisive hearts; arouse in those whom you call the courage of love’s answer: ‘Here I am, send me!’

Amen.Pope St. John Paul the Great


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