Here I am, Lord, I have come to do Your will! (National Vocation Awareness Week)

These were the words and the attitude of so many of our ancestors in the faith!

The Prophet Isaiah was quite proactive in his response. Not waiting to be asked, he offered himself in service: Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

 That was the attitude of Christ Himself who came to do, not His own will, but the Father’s will: “I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” John 6:38

What’s your attitude?

What have you come to earth to do?

How do you spend your days and your life?

What are your long-terms goals?

I mean, really long-term, as in, what impact do you hope to have for all eternity?

Have you discovered the plans God has in mind for you?

Do you know the mission He has entrusted to you?

Have you followed His lead?

Are you fulfilling His dreams for you?

Are you living the vocation God has chosen for you?

Are you helping others to do just that?

Are you encouraging children, youth, young adults –and even older adults– to discern and follow the Lord’s calling for them?

Are you praying for an increase in positive responses to the Lord’s call to certain men to the priesthood and the permanent diaconate?

Are you praying for many more men and women to choose one or another form of consecrated life?

I hope you are praying for and encouraging your own children, grandchildren, and Godchildren, as well as friends and fellow parishioners of all ages to discover their God-given vocation and to respond as readily as Isaiah –“Here am I. Send me!”– and as faithfully as Jesus –“I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

Pray for the seminarians at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio who are on retreat this week (and for seminarians across the globe), that they each deepen their love for and understanding of their vocation, and continue their formation and become good and holy priests for the service of the Church, for without priests we have no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist we have no life within us (John 6:53) and we have no Church.

A life totally dedicated to God and neighbor through full-time ministry in the Church is a life worth living! Help someone find and live their vocation – especially if that someone is you.

For more information on the National Vocation Awareness Week (January 9-15) and on vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life visit www.savocations.org and  http://foryourvocation.org which has Pope Benedict’s letter to seminarians, resources for parents and educators, prayers, reflections, discernment aids, links to vocations directors and to their 10 top vocation sites, and lots more. 

And to learn ways in which you can encourage and support our priests, visit: http://www.encouragepriests.org/.

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