“Behind and prior to every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life there is always someone’s powerful and intense prayer: a grandmother’s, a grandfather’s, a mother’s, a father’s, a community’s; This is why Jesus said: “Pray to the Lord of the harvest,” that is, God the Father, “that he might send workers for the harvest!” (a quote from Pope Francis homily for Good Shepherd Sunday 2013)
We can’t under estimate the power of prayer for increasing vocations, as Our Holy Father Pope Francis mentioned during his homily in St Peter’s for Vocations Sunday. Our prayer for vocations is answered now as we pray for vocations also for the future, as the Lord answers the prayers of those who have prayed in the past.
Prayer for vocations is so important that it is hoped that it is a normal part of parish and family life, as we continually plead with the Lord of the harvest for more vocations or as Pope Francis says “Behind and prior to every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life there is always someone’s powerful and intense prayer.”
I personally am convinced that it was the prayers of my grandparents, especially the Irish ones, which bore fruit in my vocation to the Priesthood. I give thanks to God for their prayers. We all need someone to pray for us. So let us all pray intensely for vocations especially to the Priesthood.
25th April 2013
Fr Eamon Kennedy