Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Let us pray in union with the Universal Church for more young men to hear the call to the Priesthood.
Pope Francis said about the Priesthood, “The pastoral care of vocations is a fundamental part of their (priests) ministry…Priests accompany those who are discerning a vocation, as well as those who have already dedicated their lives to the service of God and of the community.”
Pope St.John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds), said “…priests in particular, should not be afraid to set forth explicitly and forcefully the priestly vocation as a real possibility for those young people who demonstrate the necessary gifts and talents.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said in the 2009 Year of Priests,
“We priests should feel that the following words, which he put on the lips of Christ, are meant for each of us personally: “I will charge my ministers to proclaim to sinners that I am ever ready to welcome them, that my mercy is infinite”. From Saint John Mary Vianney we can learn to put our unfailing trust in the sacrament of Penance, to set it once more at the centre of our pastoral concerns, and to take up the “dialogue of salvation” which it entails”
Below is short but excellent video showing the beauty of the Catholic Priesthood.
St. John Vianney…Pray for Us.
Pray for more Vocations to the Priesthood!