- Prayer for Discernment
- Prayer to Follow the Call of Christ
- To Know One’s Vocation
- Teresa of Avila
- Thou art a priest forever
- Prayer of St. Francis
- Strengthen Me
- Bl. JPII’s Prayer for Vocations
Prayer for Discernment
O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me,
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And that fact that I think
I am following Your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe
That the desire to please You
Does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
Apart from that desire to please You.
And I know that if I do this
You will lead me by the right road,
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always
Though I may seem to be lost
And in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
For You are ever with me,
And You will never leave me
To make my journey alone.
by Thomas Merton
Prayer to Follow the Call of Christ
Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have
given me, especially for life,
love, family and friends.
Help me to know myself better and to
know my talents, as I pray, study and
decide on my life’s work.
Help me to see and understand the path
You open for me. Help me choose a life’s
work that will be in response to
my potential and your love for me.
If I am being invited to follow You as a priest,
brother, sister, give me a generous heart to
respond to your challenging call and the strength
to follow You wherever You lead me.
To Know One’s Vocation
Lord, my God and my loving Father,
You have made me to know You, to love You,
to serve You,
and thereby to find and to fulfill
I know that You are in all things,
and that every path can lead me to You.
But, among of them all, there is one
by which You want me to come to You.
Since I will do what You want of me,
I pray You, send your Holy Spirit to
me: into my mind,
to show me what You want of me; into my
to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all
and with all my strength right to the
Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass.
God does not change.
Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
Christ has no body on earth but yours;
no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the
compassion of Christ must look out on
the world. Yours are the feet which He
is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to
bless His people.
Thou Art a Priest Forever
Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, O.P. (1802-1861)
To live in the midst of the world with
no desire for its pleasures; to be a
member of every family, yet belonging
to none; to share all sufferings;
to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds;
to daily go from men to God to offer Him
their homage and petitions;
to return from God to men to bring
them His pardon and hope; to have a
heart of fire for charity and a heart of
bronze for chastity; to bless and to be blest forever.
O God, what a life, and it is yours,
O Priest of Jesus Christ!
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Loving God, in Baptism You ask me
to act justly, love tenderly, and walk
humbly with You.
Help me to know how to bring justice
and love to a world that is desperately
in need of You and your values.
Strengthen me, as well as my brothers
and sisters, with the courage and
generosity to respond to your
I ask this in the name of Jesus through
the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bl. JPII’s Prayer for Vocations
Holy and provident Father, You are the
Lord of the vineyard and the harvest
and You give each a just reward for
their work. In your design of love You
call men and women to work with You for
the salvation of the world. We thank
You for Jesus Christ, your living word,
who has redeemed us from our sins and
is among us to assist us in our
poverty. Guide the flock to which You
have promised possession of the
kingdom. Send new workers into your
harvest and set in the hearts of
pastor’s faithfulness to your plan of
salvation, perseverance in their
vocation and holiness of life.
Christ Jesus, who on the shores of the
Sea of Galilee called the Apostles and
made them the foundation of the Church
and bearers of your Gospel, in our day,
sustain your people on its journey.
Give courage to those whom You call to
follow You in the priesthood and the
consecrated life, so that they may
enrich God’s field with wisdom of your
Word. Make them docile instruments of
your love in everyday service of their
brothers and sisters.
Spirit of holiness, who pour out your
gifts on all believers and, especially,
on those called to be Christ’s
ministers, help young people to
discover the beauty of the divine call.
Teach them the true way of prayer,
which is nourished by the Word of God.
Help them to read the signs of the
times, so as to be faithful
interpreters of your Gospel and bearers
Mary, Virgin of the Word of God made
flesh in your womb, help us to be open
to the Word of the Lord, so that,
having been welcomed and meditated
upon, it may grow in our hearts. Help
us to live like You the beatitudes of
believers and to dedicate ourselves
with unceasing charity to evangelizing
all those who seek your Son. Grant that
we may serve every person, becoming
servants of the Word we have heard, so
that remaining faithful to it we may
find our happiness in living it.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled
to thy protection, implored thy help,
or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgins of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy
hear me and answer me.