40 Days for Vocations: Day 1

Happy Ash Wednesday, you all!

As I was approaching this Lenten season, I was trying to discern what direction to take the blog during Lent. I don't feel called to give up blogging for Lent. Lately, writing has given me a lot of peace in my life, and is making me a better mother. Then I read Jenny's post the other day and it got me thinking...is there something that I can do to take a stand for the sanctity of marriage?

I was considering writing about marriage for forty days, but then we spent yesterday evening at the seminary where Andrew teaches. We came for Vespers and stayed for their Mardi Gras dinner and party. It was so fun! During the party, I was looking around at this room full of young men - the same men I had prayed with only a few hours prior - and I was suddenly filled with such incredible joy. These men are our future priests! I can't even put into words for you all how excited my time at the seminary makes me about the future of the Church. These young men are on fire for their faith, but they are also just good, strong men in general. They make priesthood look like something cool, like something attractive and joy-filled. I wish I could take any critic of the Church and plop them in a room with these guys for an hour. They couldn't help but walk away with their hearts changed, if only a little. These guys just have such contagious joy and love for Christ and His Church!

The thing is, I have such a passion for vocations. I love vocations! I love talking about the story of my own vocation, love to hear others' vocations stories, and am filled with such joy when I see anyone living out the vocation that God has given them. It can be so scary giving God your yes, but with that fiat comes such peace and joy!

Then it hit me...why not spend the next forty days writing about and praying for vocations?!

And so we shall.

I'll share with you the story of my/our vocation, I'll have some guest posts on the married vocations stories of others, and I may even drag some of my priest and seminarian friends (maybe even a religious or two or three!) into the mix. In between those posts, I'll share with you some reflections and resources for vocations, and what the Church teaches about vocations. For those of us already living out our vocations - I hope it inspires us, and helps us to grow in appreciation of the vocations of others. For those of you still discerning your vocations - I hope it will help you along on your journey.

Most importantly, we will take these 40 days to pray for vocations. I'll have a pray for vocations at the bottom of each day's post. Please pray it!

So, will you join me on this Lenten journey?

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)


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