WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

17th April 2016
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (April 17, 2016)
My dear Confreres
In 1963 Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”. 2016 marks the 53rd Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, protects us as his flock and promises us the gift of eternal life. The Church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at baptism. As followers of Jesus we are called to remain faithful to the grace of God. As we celebrate this feast we pray for fidelity to our vocation. May we who have dedicated our lives to God through the vocation of consecrated life remain faithful to our commitments. May those who are discerning their life’s vocation listen to the grace of God to guide them. This year’s theme is “The Church, Mother of Vocations”.
The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”. On this day we are especially asked to pray that the Church may be provided with the leaders needed to do its work of spreading the Gospel.
The Holy Father has released a Message on “The Church, Mother of Vocations” and in his Message, he expresses his hope that, “…during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the ‘soil’ where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit”. Let us pray for each other, appreciate each other for the gift of religious vocation and gratefully acknowledge this divine gift of consecration.
God bless! Live Jesus!
Fr. Baby Ellickal MI
Provincial

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