Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday May 3, 2009 - World Day of Prayer for Vocations
“Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38)
Let us join the worldwide church in prayer that more people around the world will answer God's call to the priesthood and religious life.
In the Holy Father's message regarding this day he said:
The awareness of being saved by the love of Christ, which every Mass nourishes in the faithful and especially in priests, cannot but arouse within them a trusting self-abandonment to Christ who gave his life for us. To believe in the Lord and to accept his gift, therefore, leads us to entrust ourselves to Him with thankful hearts, adhering to his plan of salvation. When this does happen, the one who is “called” voluntarily leaves everything and submits himself to the teaching of the divine Master; hence a fruitful dialogue between God and man begins, a mysterious encounter between the love of the Lord who calls and the freedom of man who responds in love, hearing the words of Jesus echoing in his soul, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” (Jn 15:16).
p.s. Happy B-day Lizzy boo (I am saying this, not the Holy Father for those of your who were confused)