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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Why Pray for Vocations

 

Reason #1 We need more priests and religious!

The Church’s need for priests is growing. As priests die and retire, not enough men are being ordained to replace them. Meanwhile, the Catholic population is growing. This leads to painful parish closings, mergers, and over-worked priests. Likewise, the number of religious sisters has plummeted by nearly 70% in the past 50 years, which means fewer sisters in schools, hospitals, and other critical Catholic missions.

Reason #2 We need the Eucharist

“Considering that the Eucharist is the greatest gift our Lord gives to his Church, we must ask for priests since the priesthood is a gift for the Church. We must pray insistently for this gift. We must ask for it on our knees.” ~ Pope John Paul II

Reason #3 Prayer is the “one thing necessary”

“I often think that prayer–the unum necessarium–-is the one aspect of vocations work which we tend to forget or to undervalue.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Reason #4 Prayer works!

“If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.” ~ 1 John 5:14-15

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