1. Prayer for Discernment
  2. Prayer to Follow the Call of Christ
  3. To Know One’s Vocation
  4. Teresa of Avila
  5. Thou art a priest forever
  6. Prayer of St. Francis
  7. Strengthen Me
  8. Bl. JPII’s Prayer for Vocations
  9. Memorare
  10. 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
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    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.

    Amen.

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    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
    myself.
    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
    especially
    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
    heart,
    to give me the determination to do it,
    and to do it with all my love, with all
    my mind,
    and with all my strength right to the
    end.

    Amen.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

    Amen.

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    Strengthen Me

    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
    invitation.

    I ask this in the name of Jesus through
    the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Amen.

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    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
    of salvation.

    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.

    Amen.

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    Memorare

    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.

    Amen

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