Vocation

“I will give you shepherds after my own heart,
who will feed you with knowledge and understanding”. (Jeremiah. 3:15).
The One who has given this promise is faithful to His promise.
He will bless us with more vocations to priesthood.
We have already started with the vocation discernment programs.
At present a few candidates from Kerala and Canada have started their
way to discernment. So let us pray for vocations and work together in
promoting vocations to Priesthood and Religious life.
Let us encourage them to discern the Divine call.


Contact Vocation Bureau:
Rev.Fr. Daris Moolayil
1434 Torrington Drive
Mississauga. ON L5V 1W2
PH: 647 680 2415
E-mail: vocation@syromalabarcanada.org

 

 Vocations and Discernment

Discerning Your Vocation

“Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God’s grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God’s actions.” St. Faustina

Discerning one’s vocation is not just about making good choices, like what to wear today, what to name you pet, or what to study in college. Discernment is about developing a relationship with God so that we can come to see our life as God sees it, and desire for our life what God wants for us.  Discerning our vocation, then, means discovering how God invites us to live out the gift of who we are in the world. Our relationship with God is the context of our discernment, or the foundation of our vocation. So, as we begin discerning, it’s important to be living a full Christian life.

Another way of looking at it is to ask: How might God be calling us to put ourselves, with all our uniqueness and giftedness, at the service of others? Finding the answer requires you to open your heart and dive into the work of discovering Christ’s call. If you are called by Christ to serve the church as a priest and if it is in that life that you will find your perfect joy and ultimate fulfillment. In speaking of discernment, the Pope said, “Discernment is a choice of courage, contrary to the more comfortable and reductive ways of rigorism and of laxness, as I have repeated many times. To educate to discernment means, in fact, to flee from the temptation to seek refuge behind a rigid norm or behind the image of an idealized freedom; to educate to discernment means to “expose” oneself, to go out of the world of one’s convictions and prejudices to open oneself to understand how God is speaking to us, today, in this world, in this time, in this moment, and how He speaks to me, now.”

Jesus’ instruction to pray to God, “thy will be done” is an essential part of Christian practice. Many saints, like Ignatius, have asked God to assist them in letting go of their own wills in favor of God’s will. This is both a difficult and worthwhile enterprise. Giving up one’s own will requires deep trust that in all circumstances, God is actively laboring to create good. No matter how much things may go seem to go awry, God is always working for love and reconciliation. God is not a micromanager who tells us how to run the details of our lives. Instead, God calls each one of us to a generosity and freedom such as we see in the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14–30). There, a master gives his servants coins to keep while he is away. Some decide out of their own free will to use the funds in a way that reaps growth, although there is the risk of loss, while another buries his coins, presumably awaiting further instruction. Those who take the risk to act in freedom are praised, while the one who buried his treasure is not. God asks us, too, to enter into a genuine partnership with God, where we are often given a great deal of liberty in terms of how to “spend our talents.”


The call of a Christian to embrace the Consecrated Priestly life comes from God and is the manifestation of God’s love for that person. This love is absolutely gratuitous, personal and unique. “He now went up to the hills and summoned those he wanted. So they came to him and he appointed twelve; they were to be his companions and to be sent out to preach.” (Mk 3:13-14)
The Priesthood is a unique vocation in the life of the Church, one which is necessary for the salvation of souls.  The Priesthood is a unique vocation in the life of the Church, one which is necessary for the salvation of souls.  God wants to shower humanity with abundant blessings and graces, and He has chosen the priest to be the special instrument for this task. Without the priest and the Sacraments, many souls would spiritually starve, and would find it very difficult, if not virtually impossible, to get to Heaven. This is why discerning true priestly vocations is of enormous importance.

What are the signs? And how to discern?

When we say that a man has a vocation to the priesthood, it simply means that God’s will is for that particular man to become a priest.  Priestly vocations do not usually become known through visions or interior voices, but rather by various indicators – in a man’s character, piety, and inclinations – that the Holy Spirit is moving him to the Priesthood.

Some ways to know if God is calling you to be a priest –

  • Sacramental Life

Try going for holy mass and receiving the sacrament of reconciliation as often as possible.

  • Get a Spiritual Director

Ask a priest to meet with you once a month for 30 to 60 minutes to discuss your spiritual life and for confession.

  • Pray every day

Have a personal relationship with Jesus. Spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and learn to gaze at his beautiful face, and let Him gaze at you.

  • Devotion to Blessed Mother Mary

Ask Our Lady to accompany you on your journey of vocational discernment. If you are not in the habit of praying the Rosary, begin today, even if it’s only a decade. Pray three Hail Marys before going to bed, asking her for the virtue of holy purity and to help you know your vocation.

  • Spiritual Reading

Read and reflect upon the Holy Bible. Pick up some spiritual books. Read the life stories of Saints and martyrs.

 

Prayer to Know my Vocation

Lord Jesus, I believe that you have created me for a special mission. From the moment I was conceived in my mother’s womb, you have been preparing my path to Heaven. Lord, show me your will for my life. Help me to trust you, no matter the cost. Help me to believe that I will be happiest in doing your will. Give me the grace to say yes to what you ask of me today, so that I can say yes to my vocation when it becomes clear to me. I make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Recommended Readings

Below are a list of books which might help you discern and to get a better clarity of your vacation -

  • To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood – Fr. Brett Brannen
  • Discerning the Will of God – Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV
  • Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone By Name – Dr. Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw
  • What Does God Want? – Fr. Michael Scanlon
  • Discovering Your Personal Vocation – Herbert Alphonso, S.J.
  • Is Jesus Calling You To Be A Catholic Priest? A Helpful Guide – Fr. Thomas Richter
  • Radical Surrender; Letters to Seminarians – Fr. Michael Najim
  • Paths of Love: The Discernment of Vocation According to the Teaching of Aquinas, Ignatius, and Pope John Paul II – Joseph Bolin
  • Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest? – Christopher J. Duquin & Lorene Hanley Duquin
  • Called by Name: The Inspiring Stories of 12 Men Who Became Catholic Priests – Christine Mugridge

 

 

            WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

“I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding”. Jeremiah 3:15

Dear brothers in Christ Jesus,

“We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things, push onward towards the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” Pope Francis said on world youth day.  This is a special call with a special purpose. When we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations let us pray and work together for more vocations in our Exarchate. On this Occasion it is good that we reflect on what Pope Francis said in his message on World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2018. Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants them to experience the joy that comes from serving others. “Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord”.

“Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now!” The theme for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2018 is “Listening, discerning and living the Lord’s call.”

 

Christians must learn to listen carefully and view things with the eyes of faith in order to listen to his voice which is drowned out by the many worries and concerns that fill our minds and hearts. Listening is increasingly difficult in today’s society. Often stifled by the temptations of ideology and negativity, Christians need spiritual discernment which allows them to discover the places, the means and situations through which God calls them. Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to ‘read within’ his or her life and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission.

 

Every parent is the primary vocation promoter and every family has to become the vocation discernment center. The sacrificing life of the parents, the life of fidelity and commitment lived out by them and the selfless attitudes manifested through their actions become the motivating and encouraging reasons for good vocations to sprout. The spiritual ambience in the family is very important in nourishing the aspiration to become a priest or a religious. Hence I would exhort every parent to involve with the decision making of your children especially in discerning their vocations for priesthood and consecrated life. Today as we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, let us introspect and see how we promote vocations and what further measures can be taken to foster good vocations from our families. As the Church throughout the world prays for vocations, let us resolve to do the following:

  • Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
  • Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.
  • Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
  • Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our Exarchate to respond to God’s call.

 

Let us be grateful to the Almighty for blessing our Exarchate with two vocations. Through the effort of the Vocation Director, we are hopeful of getting around ten candidates this year to pursue the minor seminary formation. I would encourage everyone to pray for and support the Vocation Formation for our Exarchate.

 

PRAYER FOR THE VOCATIONS

 

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire young people whom you call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted,

and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.