Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prayer for Vocations

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to three classes of freshmen at Thomas Scecina Memorial High School. Fr. Aaron Jenkins, a priest in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Chaplain at Scecina...as well as a Theology teacher at Scecina, and the assistant vocation director for the Archdiocese...invited me to his classroom to talk about my vocation to religious life. (Today, Fr. Jenkins will come to my classroom and speak to my students about his vocation story.) I wanted to share with you the prayer Fr. Jenkins and his students prayed before each class:

O Loving and gracious God, Father of all, You bless your people in every time and season and provide for their needs through your providential care. Your Church is continually in need of priests and deacons, sisters and brothers, and couples committed to love in Holy marriage. Open the hearts of your sons and daughters to listen to your call in their lives. Give them the gift of understanding to discern your invitation to serve you and your Church. Give them the gift of courage to follow your call. May they have the spirit of young Samuel who found fulfillment in his life when he said to you, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening." We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Fr. Jenkins adapted this prayer which he found on the US Bishops' website: http://www.nccbuscc.org/. Please join us in praying daily for vocations. God calls everyone to know, love and serve. So that in all things...God may be glorified!


clowie said...

Sister I love the prayer it was great for homework Tommy said hi !!!!!!!! U rock!!

Sarah J.

Joan said...

Sister, thanks for sharing the prayer - it is beautiful. I will pray it daily for the two young adults I have in mind. Fr. Nagel suggested in his homily at OLG this past Sunday that we each "adopt" a young person and pray for them. Keep up the good work.

nidia said...

The prayer is beautiful Sister, thank you for sharing with us.

nidia said...

The prayer is beautiful Sister Nicolette this is from Miranda Lopez

Anonymous said...

dear sister,i loved how you thought that how the 8 graders could make the shirts that said I' Pray the Roasry.' the shirts that I saw were amazing you should be very proud of them because of there work.I can't believe that the 8 graders are being interviewed by the Catholic newspaper.I also like the prayer we are doing this week .Madilyn brewster

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister Nicolette,
Thanks for being an example of saying, "Yes" to God's call. You're doing great work!