vocations

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prayers for vocation

A Dominican Blessing

May God the Father bless us.
May God the Son heal us.
May God the Holy Spirit enlighten us,
and give us
eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
hands to do the work of God with,
feet to walk with,
a mouth to preach the word of salvation with,
and the angel of peace to watch over us and lead us at last, by our Lord’s gift, to the Kingdom.

Amen.

(13th Century)

 

Prayer for Abandonment

Creator God,
I abandon myself into Your hands;
Do with me what You will.
Whatever You do may I thank You:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your will be done in me,
And in all Your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart,
For I love You, Lord, and I need to give myself to You,
To surrender myself into Your hands,
Without reserve and without boundless confidence,
For You are my God and my All.

Amen.

(Ven. Charles de Foucauld)

 

Prayer to Know One’s Vocation

Lord, my God and my loving Father
You have made me know You,
to love You, to serve You,
And thereby to find and fulfill myself.
I know that You are in all things,
And that every path can lead me to You
But 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.

(Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Justice)

 

Prayer to Do God’s Will

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me
Nor do I really know myself,
And the 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 that I will never do anything
Apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I 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 face my struggles alone.

Amen.

(Thomas Merton)

 


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
Which will develop all my potential
And enable me to respond fully to Your love for me.
In whatever way You are inviting me to follow You
Give me a generous heart
To respond to Your challenging call
And the strength to follow wherever You lead me.

Amen.

(St. Columban’s Mission Society)

 

Prayer to Know One’s Vocation

Loving God, You have called me to life
And gifted me in many ways.
Help me to become all You desire of me.
Lead me to choose the path of life
You have planned for me.
Open my heart to listen to Your call
And guide me with Your Holy Spirit
That I may have the courage to respond to You.
Enkindle in my heart and the hearts of others
The desire to make the world a better place.

Amen.

(St. Columban’s Mission Society)

 

Prayer of Discernment

Most High, glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart,
And give me right faith, certain hope,
And perfect charity,
Wisdom and understanding,
Lord, that I may carry out
Your holy and true will.

Amen.

(St. Francis)

 

Prayer for Discernment

Loving God, You have a plan for each one of us,
You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give us the wisdom of Your Spirit
So that we can see the shape of Your plan
In the gifts You have given us,
And in the circumstances of our daily lives.
Give us the freedom of Your Spirit,
To seek You with all our hearts,
And to choose Your will above all else.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

(Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus)

 

Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God
That you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
And pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing
You are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
And allow your soul the freedom
To sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Amen.


 

Prayer for Discernment

Lord I know that You love me and that You have great plans for me.
But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future.
Show me how to walk forward on day at a time.
As I explore the various options which lie before me,
Help me to listen openly to others,
And to pay attention to what is in the depth of my own heart.
In this way, may I hear Your call to a way of life
Which will allow me to love as only I can,
And allow me to serve others with the special gifts You have given me.

Amen.