Ten Ways to Promote Vocations
- Pray for an increase in vocations to
the priesthood and consecrated life. Jesus says in Matthew 9:38 "to
beg the master of the harvest to send laborers into the vineyard."
If we want more priests, sisters and brothers, we all need to
- Teach young people how to pray. Pope
Benedict XVI said that unless we teach our youth how to pray, they
will never hear God calling them into a deeper relationship with
Him and into the discipleship of the Church.
- Invite active young adults and teens
to consider a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. A
simple, sincere comment should not be underestimated. An easy way
to do this can be remembered by four letters: ICNU. "Mary, I see in
you (ICNU) the qualities that would make a good sister, and I want
to encourage you to pray about it." It is a non-invasive way to
encourage openness to a religious vocation.
- Make it attractive. Show the
religious life for what it truly is -a call to be united to Christ
in a unique way, and to be a spiritual mentor to those she
encounters in her life and service. The challenge religious is to
be joyful models of their vocations.
- Preach it! Vocations must be talked
about regularly if a "vocation culture" is to take root in parishes
and homes. This means, first and foremost, the people need to hear
about vocations from those of us who live the life. Vocations kept
out of sight are out of mind.
Ideas to pass on to your youth minister for those considering a
- Practice the faith. We all need to be
reminded that the whole point of our lives is to grow in a deep,
intimate and loving relationship with God. This is the first step
for any young person desiring to discern any call in life.
- Enter into the Silence. Silence is a
key to sanity and wholeness. We can only "hear" the voice of God if
we are quiet. Take out the ear buds of your phone, iPod, and iTunes
and listen to God, the great I AM. Young people should try to spend
15 minutes of quiet prayer each day - this is where you can begin
to receive clear direction in your lives.
- Be a good disciple. Young people can
become true followers of Jesus Christ by serving those around them.
By discovering your call to discipleship, you also discover your
particular call within the Church.
- Ask God. Ask God what He wants for
your life and know He only wants what is good for you. If, in fact,
you are called to the priesthood or consecrated life, it will be
the path to great joy and contentment.
- In the immortal words of a famous sneaker manufacturer:
"Just do it!" If you feel that God is
inviting you to "try it out," apply to the seminary or religious
order. Remember, the seminary or convent is a place of