28 November 2010

Paul VI & Vocations: Rediscovered

Last year in the novitiate, I found a prayer card with a small portrait of all of the Capuchin saints on the front and a prayer for vocations ostensibly penned by Paul VI on its back.  I had misplaced it for a time, but found it yesterday on the glorious occasion of moving from Volume IV to Volume I of the Breviary.

The prayer is, I think, worth reprinting.

Prayer for Vocations

O Jesus, Divine Shepherd of souls, Who called the Apostles to become fishers of men, now call the ardent and generous hearts of our youth to make them Your followers and ministers.  Let them share Your thirst for that universal redemption for which You daily renew Your Sacrifice upon the Altar.

O Lord Jesus, always living to make intercession for us, open to them the horizons of the entire world, where so many brethren make silent supplication for light of truth and warmth of love, so that answering Your call, they may prolong here Your mission, edify Your Mystical Body the Church, and become the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Extend O Lord, Your loving call to many pure and generous-hearted young women, that they may grow in their desire for evangelical perfection and may dedicate themselves to the service of the Church and their neighbors who so desperately need such assistance and charity.  


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