Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Holy Father's Words on Vocation in Hyde Park
On Saturday 18th September 2010, in his address during the Vigil of Prayer at Hyde Park, the Holy Father launched a direct call for young people to consider their vocation and respond with generosity"
"Here I wish to say a special word to the many young people present. Dear young friends: only Jesus knows what 'definite service' he has in mind for you. Be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart. Christ has need of families to remind the world of the dignity of human love and the beauty of family life. He needs men and women who devote their lives to the noble task of education, tending the young and forming them in the ways of the Gospel. He needs those who will consecrate their lives to the pursuit of perfect charity, following him in chastity, poverty and obedience, and serving him in the least of our brothers and sisters. He needs the powerful love of contemplative religious, who sustain the Church's witness and activity through their constant prayer. And he needs priests, good and holy priests, men who are willing to lay down their lives for their sheep. Ask our Lord what he has in mind for you! Ask him for the generosity to say 'Yes!' Do not be afraid to give yourself totally to Jesus. Her will give you the grace you need to fulfil your vocation.
Let me finish these words by warmly inviting you to join me next year in Madrid for 'World Youth Day'. It is always a wonderful occasion to grow in love for Christ and to be encouraged in a joyful life of faith along with thousands of other young people. I hope to see many of you there!"