“I am but a crooked piece of iron, and have come into religion to be made straight by the hammer of mortification and penance.”

 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Prayer for Priestly Vocations

Father, in every generation you provide your Church with holy priests.

I come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve your church in the ministerial priesthood.

Give us good and holy shepherds who will lead and guide your people to the fullness of life.

Bless us with priestly vocations since we are a Church of the Eucharist.  

Bless us with priestly vocations since we are a people in need of reconciliation.

Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.  Amen.

jesucaritas:

Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy

jesucaritas:

Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy

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wherewisdombegins:

Cistercian wedding! Oh, me one day! 

wherewisdombegins:

Cistercian wedding! Oh, me one day! 

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ksquote4theday:

It’s National Vocation Awareness Week in the USA (January 13 to 19)
Prayer for Vocations Father, You call each one of us by name and ask us to follow You. Bless Your Church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as Sisters, Priests, Brothers, Deacons, and Lay Ministers. Inspire us as we grow to know You, and open our hearts to hear Your call. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Prayer from: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers/prayers-for-vocations.cfm
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ksquote4theday:

It’s National Vocation Awareness Week in the USA (January 13 to 19)

Prayer for Vocations
Father, You call each one of us by name and ask us to follow You. Bless Your Church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as Sisters, Priests, Brothers, Deacons, and Lay Ministers. Inspire us as we grow to know You, and open our hearts to hear Your call. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer from: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers/prayers-for-vocations.cfm

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wherewisdombegins:

Now this I call a happy family!

wherewisdombegins:

Now this I call a happy family!

Love Him totally Who gave Himself totally for your love! — St. Clare of Assisi (via wherewisdombegins)

scnfamily:

National Vocation Awareness Week: Sunday, January 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, begins National Vocation Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Baptized in the Spirit of the Lord.” Please pray for everyone discerning their vocation.

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catholicsoul:

“Our Lord Himself shows us the surest way of having numerous vocations, ‘Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest’: humble prayer trusting in God.” (Pope Pius XII, “Menti Nostrae”, 1950 A.D.)“One ought to pray earnestly, especially at the Ember Seasons, that God will give us good priests. If they are saints, what good they are able to do! But, whatever they are, never speak against them.” (St. John Vianney) 
“The first responsibility for the pastoral work of promoting priestly vocations lies with the bishop… It is his duty to foster and coordinate various initiatives on behalf of vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)“May God grant that new and larger ranks of priests, religious men and women, equal in number and virtue to the current necessities of the Church, may soon go forth to cultivate the vineyard of the Lord.” (Pope Pius XII, “Sacra Virginitas”, 1954 A.D.)“The priestly vocation is a gift from God. It is undoubtedly a great good for the person who is its first recipient. But it is also a gift to the Church as a whole, a benefit to her life and mission. The Church, therefore, is called to safeguard this gift, to esteem it and love it. She is responsible for the birth and development of priestly vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)“The very life of priests, their unconditional dedication to God’s flock, their witness of loving service to the Lord and to his Church - a witness marked by free acceptance of the cross in the spirit of hope and Easter joy - their fraternal unity and zeal for the evangelization of the world are the first and most convincing factor in the growth of vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)“It is true that the Society founded by Christ will never lack the priests necessary for its mission. Nevertheless, it is necessary for all to be watchful and to exert themselves, mindful of the words of Our Lord, ‘the harvest indeed is abundant but the laborers are few’, and to be as diligent as possible in giving the Church numerous and holy ministers.” (Pope Pius XII, “Menti Nostrae”, 1950 A.D.)“Priests and Christian educators should make serious efforts to foster religious vocations, thereby increasing the strength of the Church, corresponding to its needs. These candidates should be suitably and carefully chosen. In ordinary preaching, the life of the evangelical counsels and the religious state should be treated more frequently. Parents, too, should nurture and protect religious vocations in their children by instilling Christian virtue in their hearts.” (Second Vatican Council)“How many of us also owe to our mothers our very vocation to the priesthood! Experience shows that very often it is the mother who for years nurtures in her own heart a desire for a priestly vocation for her son, and obtains it by praying with persevering trust and deep humility. Thus, without imposing her own will, she favors with the effectiveness typical of faith the blossoming of an aspiration to the priesthood in the soul of her son, an aspiration which will bear fruit in due season.” (Pope John Paul II)

catholicsoul:

“Our Lord Himself shows us the surest way of having numerous vocations, ‘Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest’: humble prayer trusting in God.” (Pope Pius XII, “Menti Nostrae”, 1950 A.D.)

“One ought to pray earnestly, especially at the Ember Seasons, that God will give us good priests. If they are saints, what good they are able to do! But, whatever they are, never speak against them.” (St. John Vianney) 


“The first responsibility for the pastoral work of promoting priestly vocations lies with the bishop… It is his duty to foster and coordinate various initiatives on behalf of vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)

“May God grant that new and larger ranks of priests, religious men and women, equal in number and virtue to the current necessities of the Church, may soon go forth to cultivate the vineyard of the Lord.” (Pope Pius XII, “Sacra Virginitas”, 1954 A.D.)

“The priestly vocation is a gift from God. It is undoubtedly a great good for the person who is its first recipient. But it is also a gift to the Church as a whole, a benefit to her life and mission. The Church, therefore, is called to safeguard this gift, to esteem it and love it. She is responsible for the birth and development of priestly vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)

“The very life of priests, their unconditional dedication to God’s flock, their witness of loving service to the Lord and to his Church - a witness marked by free acceptance of the cross in the spirit of hope and Easter joy - their fraternal unity and zeal for the evangelization of the world are the first and most convincing factor in the growth of vocations.” (Pope John Paul II)

“It is true that the Society founded by Christ will never lack the priests necessary for its mission. Nevertheless, it is necessary for all to be watchful and to exert themselves, mindful of the words of Our Lord, ‘the harvest indeed is abundant but the laborers are few’, and to be as diligent as possible in giving the Church numerous and holy ministers.” (Pope Pius XII, “Menti Nostrae”, 1950 A.D.)

“Priests and Christian educators should make serious efforts to foster religious vocations, thereby increasing the strength of the Church, corresponding to its needs. These candidates should be suitably and carefully chosen. In ordinary preaching, the life of the evangelical counsels and the religious state should be treated more frequently. Parents, too, should nurture and protect religious vocations in their children by instilling Christian virtue in their hearts.” (Second Vatican Council)

“How many of us also owe to our mothers our very vocation to the priesthood! Experience shows that very often it is the mother who for years nurtures in her own heart a desire for a priestly vocation for her son, and obtains it by praying with persevering trust and deep humility. Thus, without imposing her own will, she favors with the effectiveness typical of faith the blossoming of an aspiration to the priesthood in the soul of her son, an aspiration which will bear fruit in due season.” (Pope John Paul II)

jesucaritas:

Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate

jesucaritas:

Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate

This is a really good video. It’s pretty long, but at least watch a few minutes! :)

jesucaritas:

Handmaids of the Precious Blood

jesucaritas:

Handmaids of the Precious Blood

jesusisourlove:

The sister is from the Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima. Loreto, Italy.

jesusisourlove:

The sister is from the Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima. Loreto, Italy.

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