Vatican City, Mar 19, 2021 / 09:00 am
Pope Francis said Friday that St. Joseph is a model for all vocations and he prays the saint will help young people discern the vocation God is calling them to.
“St. Joseph is an outstanding example of acceptance of God’s plans,” the pope said in a message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, published March 19.
“May he help everyone, especially young people who are discerning, to make God’s dreams for them come true,” he said. “May he inspire in them the courage to say ‘yes’ to the Lord who always surprises and never disappoints.”
The 58th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on the third Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021. Pope Francis’ message was released for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, with the title: “St. Joseph: the Dream of Vocation.”
In the message, the pope noted that the first thing St. Joseph heard in a dream was: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid.”
“Do not be afraid: these words the Lord also addresses to you, dear sister, and to you, dear brother, whenever you feel that, even amid uncertainty and hesitation, you can no longer delay your desire to give your life to him,” Francis said.
The Lord repeats the words, “do not be afraid,” when, “perhaps amid trials and misunderstandings, you seek to follow his will every day, wherever you find yourself,” he assured. “They are words you will hear anew, at every step of your vocation, as you return to your first love. They are a refrain accompanying all those who – like Saint Joseph – say yes to God with their lives, through their fidelity each day.”
Pope Francis emphasized that “Joseph cannot fail to be a model for all vocations, called to be the ever-active hands of the Father, outstretched to his children.”