MAY 14 --
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
TO THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Grant many young men the generosity
necessary to follow your call, and the courage required to overcome
all obstacles to their vocation. Give to parents, that faith,
love and spirit of sacrifice, which will inspire them to offer
their children to God's service, and cause them to rejoice when
one of their children is called to religious life.
Let your example
encourage both parents and children and let your grace sustain
MANY ARE CALLED . . .
ARE CHOSEN . . .
By Br. David Graber, M.SS.CC.
I know the
title I have chosen for this article is somewhat overused when we
think about finding vocations to the priesthood, but when you relate
it to today's teens,
Last year, our congregation began a program of extending an invitation
to young men, usually high schoolers, to spend an evening of recollection
at our Novitate, Villa Pieta in Linwood. This past December
21, the Villa hosted fourteen area teens who
Joining the community at Evening Prayer in our
| the Word "called" is
the catchword. Look around and it is hard to find a teen who
does not have a beeper or cell phone or is not sharing his or her
e-mail address. It is amazing the number of young people who have
their own telephone number. My point is, today's under 25 crowd
knows what it is to be called . . . or do they?
|| had demonstrated that they had possibly
experienced a feeling of indeed a "call" to be a priest
or brother. I invited several students from the high school
where I teach and Tom Salerno, the Youth Director at Our Lady of Sorrows
parish, staffed by our Missionaries, also invited several more to
join the group.