Saturday the 10th of April

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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Don’t wait to be perfect to answer vocational call, pope says

Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said.

“Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord,” the pope said in his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

“It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision,” the pope said. “Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now!”

The papal message for the day of prayer, which will be observed on 22nd April, was released on 4th December at the Vatican. The 2018 theme is “Listening, discerning and living the Lord’s call.”

Picture: Seminarians pray during Mass in early May at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY. Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).