I will pray for a young person to have the strength to follow a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life
Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I contemplate the example of Mary’s simplicity and
generosity, my heart burns within me. If only I could be as docile as she was. In my desire to
improve, I trust in your help and mercy. As I begin this prayer, I humbly place myself in your
presence. I come, Lord, to do your will.
Petition: Grant me, Lord, a love for the example of Our
1. A Personal
Call: We notice the very human details of the Annunciation. It happened in a specific place,
to a specific person. So it is with God’s plan. He doesn’t call us en masse. He calls each one of us
personally, because he loves each of us as a son or daughter. The Catholic faith is a personal
relationship with Our Lord. Do I ever feel the opposite? Do I ever feel like just a number? That’s
not how God intends my faith to be. My vocation is personal. Do I respond likewise in a personal way
2. Beyond All
Hopes: God’s people had long awaited a Messiah. Mary also would have looked forward to a
Savior. Yet it likely would not have occurred to her that she would ever be the mother of the
Redeemer. We too might wonder: When will God send someone to save the world in our time? In fact, he
tries to do just that ― through each one of us. Each of us can be a saint; each of us can help
save the world, with God’s grace. Likewise, each of us is called to a great and unique vocation,
whether ordained, consecrated or lay. To what great mission is God calling me? Do I realize that my
life can be great, if lived with sufficient love?
Let It Be: Mary’s fiat ― “Let it be done to me” ― was the response that brought
joy to the angels in heaven. A 14- or 15-year-old, by her openness to God’s plan, would help to
change the course of history. We, too, are called to say “yes” to God and to build little
civilizations of love. Each generation can contribute to building the Kingdom. Do I see the young
people in my life as potential apostles? Do I respect them as persons called to great things? Do I
see my friends in the same way?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, your great plan for sending your Son into the world
hinged on Mary’s “yes.” Let me learn from her openness; let me say “yes” to what you
Resolution: I will pray for a young person to
have the strength to follow a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.