Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood or the religious life?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sowing seeds of vocations

Pope Benedict XVI took advantage of the recent feast days of St. Augustine and St. Monica at Sunday's Angelus message to emphasize the importance of family in encouraging young men to discern the call to priesthood.

St. Monica, whose feast day was Aug. 27, prayed unceasingly for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine, away from his life of sin to Christianity.

"God heard the prayers of this saintly mother, to whom the Bishop of Tagaste had said: 'It is impossible that the son of so many tears will be lost,'" the pontiff told the crowd gathered at Castel Gandolfo.
  
Likewise, mothers and fathers today can prepare "fertile spiritual soil" from which vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life can grow and flourish.

"Christian families may become small churches in which all the vocations and charisms given by the Holy Spirit will be welcomed and valued," he said.


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