Your CatholicMonth.ly box for August will help you deepen your prayers for vocations in the Church. Here are three important things to remember as you get started.
Well that’s obvious, right? What does that have to do with praying for vocations? Everything.
A vocation is a calling from God, not from you. Whoever God chooses for a particular vocation may not be who you might have imagined (or expected). On the flip side, the calling God has for someone you know may not be what you expected.
However, you can certainly tell someone you know that they would make a good priest, religious sister, husband or wife. You’re not God, but God might use your words to plant a seed in someone’s mind. Many people who became a priest or nun were encouraged by people telling them they would make a good one.
That being said, you should also keep in mind…
You may feel convinced that someone is called to become a priest or nun or get married, but you are not discerning their vocation for them. However, you can pray for them to listen to God and respond with a generous heart to what He has in mind for them.
Every person has a vocation, but it’s up to them to discern it and respond to it. Even if someone senses a certain calling from God, they have to freely choose it for themselves. No one else can do it for them. Unfortunately, it’s hard to do that in today’s world. We live in a busy, noisy world that’s not conducive to prayer. We’re not encouraged to think about life in terms of making a gift of ourselves to others, which is precisely at the heart of every vocation.
And this is where you come in, because…
Suppose you know a man who enters the seminary. His discernment is really far from over. In fact, it goes deeper. As the man continues his discernment journey, God may continue to guide him all the way to ordination, or He may lead him out of the seminary and down a different path in life. God will help the man see where he is meant to go, but it takes a lot of work on the man’s part to listen and pray. This is where your prayer can make a huge difference! God will help every person discover their vocation, but your prayers can help a person make a good discernment on their end.
If you pray for someone’s vocation, and they end moving from one path to a different one, this does mean your prayers were in vain! God never lets a prayer go to waste. He will make good use of every prayer we make for vocations.
Let’s pray for vocations!
With these three things in mind, your prayers can be effective for growing vocations in the Church today. Have a blessed August, and see you next month!