.- At the end of his talk to the youth at St. Josephâs Seminary in Yonkers, Pope Benedict turned to the topic of vocation. He emphasized that families are indispensable for forming vocations to the priesthood, religious life and to the married life.
He noted how baptism made it possible to receive âthe greatest gift of your life.â He urged the crowd to pray for struggling mothers and fathers.
âLet us honor the vocation of matrimony,â Pope Benedict said. âIt is in families that vocations are given life.â He told seminarians to reject âany temptation to ostentation, careerism, or conceit. Strive for a pattern of life truly marked by charity, chastity and humility, in imitation of Christ.â
He encouraged young people to the life of apostolic or contemplative service, noting the importance of the charisms of the Holy Spirit in forming religious orders. âNo perfect community exists,â the Pope said, âbut it is fidelity to a founding charism, not to particular individuals, that the Lord calls you to discern.â
Pope Benedict declared the Church to be a âcommunity of hope.â
âThe hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ,â he continued. âThe saints show us the selfless love of his way.â
âShow the world the reason for the hope that resonates within you. Tell others about the truth that sets you free.â
The Pope encouraged the audience to reach out, especially to the vulnerable and innocent, so that people could join the âway of goodness and hope.â
âGod is our origin and our destination, and Jesus the way,â he said.
Following the Popeâs address, Kerry Wakulich, a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa, told CNA that he thought, âit cool that he said âyouâre growing in numbersââ. He also mentioned that he saw the Popeâs message about vocations starting in the family as important.