“He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably.” – St. Philip Neri
Is God Calling your Child?
The Family as the Domestic Church Holy Catholic families are created to produce not just “nice people” but saints. As the Fathers of the Church and the Second Vatican Council teach us, the family is the domestic Church. A married couple lives their life of love in Christ as fruit of their baptismal call to holiness. That faithful love, through their vocation as husband and wife, becomes a seed bed for the vocations of their children. The family is where the virtues of prayer, hard work, sacrifice and generosity are lived and modeled. Parents then are given the remarkable gift of forming their children in readiness to hear and answer the Lord’s call to holiness and apostolic mission in service to Him and His Church. They are instrumental in giving their children an esteem for the wonderful dignity of the Lord’s choice of them should He honor them with a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated religious life. “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain on it.” Proverbs 22:6
From The Word Among Us, March 20, 2007
- A Home Where Vocations Grow: 12 Things Parents Can Do
- Is There a Priest (or Sister) in the House: Parents, Kids & the Religious Life
- “Follow Me”: A Lenten Call to Parents & Kids Alike
- Twin Callings: The Love of Christ Impelled Them
From Other Sources
Statement of Vocations
by Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
“I want to ask you, dear sisters and brothers, to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in a very particular way. I am not asking you to pray for vocations in general, for example, “Dear God, please choose someone, like the person next door.” Rather, I am inviting you to pray this way: “Dear God, if you will, please choose someone from my family – my family – to be a priest, sister or brother. And if you do, I will support that person with my prayers and encouragement.” Admittedly, this is a more difficult prayer because it reaches the heart of each family. But it is also a more generous prayer and God responds to generosity!”
If God Should Call One of Your Sons or Daughters
by Pope Pius XII, March 25, 1942
“God has blessed your marriage and given you children…. If the Divine Master comes and asks for “His part”—one of your children, whom He has called to be a priest, a religious or a nun—what will you do? What will become of the holy inspirations that have spoken to their hearts, and His voice whispering to them: “Do you love Me? Will you follow Me?” In God’s name I beg you not to stifle in their souls their openness to the Divine Call. How deep will your Christian spirit really be if you back away from the honor of cooperating and helping in the work of spreading the Faith and the Catholic Church not merely with material help but also with the very precious gift of your children that God is asking of you? Dear married couples, help the Church, the Spouse of Christ; help Christ, the Savior of men, with the fruit of your marriage. Give God the portion of your blessing He is asking for out of your home.”
by Pope John Paul II
May an ardent prayer sustained by the motherly intercession of Mary, rise from every corner of the earth, to the heavenly Father to obtain “labourers for his harvest” (Mt 9,38). May He give zealous and holy priests to every part of his flock. Sustained by this awareness we turn to Christ, the High Priest, and we pray to Him with renewed trust:
Jesus, Son of God, in whom the fullness of the Divinity dwells,You call all the baptized to ” put out into the deep”, taking the path that leads to holiness. Waken in the hearts of young people the desire to be witnesses in the world of today to the power of your love. Fill them with your Spirit of fortitude and prudence, so that they may be able to discover the full truth about themselves and their own vocation.
Our Saviour, sent by the Father to reveal His merciful love, give to your Church the gift of young people who are ready to put out into the deep, to be the sign among their brothers of Your presence which renews and saves.
Holy Virgin, Mother of the Redeemer, sure guide on the way towards God and towards neighbour, You who pondered his word in the depth of your heart, sustain with your motherly intercession our families and our ecclesial communities, so that they may help adolescents and young people to answer generously the call of the Lord. Amen.
(From the Holy Father’s Message for 2005 World Day of Prayer for Vocations)