Prayers

Prayer for Vocation

Lord God, grant me your grace in choosing my vocation in life.
The light to know your will and the courage to do it.
Guide my steps to follow that walk of life which is best
for me and which will bring me to heaven. Grant that whatever
I do I may always follow in the footsteps of your Son.

Amen

My Vocation in Life

From now on I’m always at his door.
I gave away my heart and my fortune.
I have no flock to shepherd any more
and there’s no other work in my future.
My only occupation is love; nothing else.
If people ask for me tell them I’m off on an adventure.
I’m lost on purpose – to be found by love.
St. John of the Cross

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other just as fair,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost

Prayer for Light

Lord, let me know clearly the work which
You are calling me to do in life.
And grant me every grace I need to answer
Your call with courage and love
and lasting dedication to Your will.
Amen

The Call of Jesus

There are stories in the Gospel where God calls people. Allow yourself to be reached and touched through these stories. They are an invitation to be open to the call of Jesus Christ no matter where the journey with him may lead. They can be a framework for prayer when you are feeling some of the pressures which may close you, or close in on you, as you think over your options.

Luke 1, 26-38

The call of God and his love for Mary… her openness to seek what God wants.

Luke 19, 1-10

A call to make a radical change in your life especially by making God central to your future plans.

Mark 10, 17-22

The challenging call of Jesus to follow him in a dramatic way. The young man is attracted, but doesn’t find the freedom within himself to say “yes”. He goes away sad.