“The Church should daily take up Jesus’ persuasive and demanding invitation to ‘pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’” (St. John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, 38).
“Vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life are born out of the experience of a personal encounter with Christ, out of sincere and confident dialogue with him, so as to enter into his will. It is necessary, therefore, to grow in the experience of faith, understood as a profound relationship with Jesus, as inner attentiveness to his voice which is heard deep within us” (Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 21, 2013).
“It is a challenging and uplifting invitation that Jesus addresses to those to whom he says: ‘Follow me!’. He invites them to become his friends, to listen attentively to his word and to live with him. He teaches them complete commitment to God and to the extension of his kingdom in accordance with the law of the Gospel” (Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, May 15, 2011).
“The story of every vocation is almost always intertwined with the testimony of a priest who joyfully lives the gift of himself to his brothers and sisters for the sake of the Kingdom of God. This is because the presence and words of a priest have the ability to raise questions and to lead even to definitive decisions (Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 25, 2010
“In the first place, the shepherds of Christ’s flock must holily and eagerly, humbly and courageously carry out their ministry, in imitation of the eternal high Priest, the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. They ought to fulfill this duty in such a way that it will be the principal means also of their own sanctification. Those chosen for the fullness of the priesthood are granted the ability of exercising the perfect duty of pastoral charity by the grace of the sacrament of Orders” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 40)
“Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
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