Aug 23, 2015
In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for "an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life." Sometimes "lay ministry" gets added to the list.
When we pray for these things, I'm happy to join in the response-"Lord, hear our prayer"-because I share the hope that they increase. At the same, though, I feel a twinge of regret. Not for what the prayer says, mind you, but for what it leaves out.
If you think that's odd, consider a fundamental fact: everybody has a vocation. This is his or her particular role in God's plan, that life of "good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:11).
Thus it seems to me that before praying for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, and lay ministry, it would make sense to pray that everyone discern his or her particular calling from God, accept it, and start living it out.