Prayer for End of the Year of Consecrated Life

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My Superior was recently going through the belongings of our Sr. Mary Dolores who died September 8, 2015. She liked to collect articles and had one from the December 1992 issue of L’Osservatore Romano. This article was St. Pope John Paul II’s Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 2, 1993. I thought his prayer at the end of the article would be appropriate to share with you as we conclude the Year of Consecrated Life (February 2).

Lord, Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd of our souls, you who know your sheep and know how to reach man’s heart, open the minds and hearts of those young people who search for and await a word of truth for their lives; let them understand that only in the mystery of your Incarnation do they find full light; arouse the courage of those who know where to seek the truth, but fear that what you ask will be too demanding; stir the heart of those young people who would follow you, but who cannot overcome doubts and fears, and who in the end follow other voices and other paths which lead nowhere. You who are the Word of the Father, the Word which creates and saves, the Word which enlightens and sustains hearts, conquer with your Spirit the resistance and delays of indecisive hearts; arouse in those whom you call the courage of love’s answer: “Here I am, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

Virgin Mary, young daughter of Israel, support with your motherly love those youths to whom the Father will grant that they hear his voice; protect those who are already consecrated. Let them repeat with you the yes of a joyful and irrevocable gift of self. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Prayer for End of the Year of Consecrated Life

  1. It is such a beautiful prayer.

    We certainly thank God for her vocation and pray many others will listen to God’s call and follow His will like she did.

    Blessings to all at the end of this year of Consecrated Life. What would we do without our beloved Passionists?

  2. Thank you for a gift beyond words! God has used you to save my OCDS vocation & help me understand what He’s asking of me! Been going through an immense spiritual battle the past three months. I know it’s not over yet, but this prayer will certainly help me as I continue to do battle with the forces of evil. Thank you, dear Sisters!

  3. What a beautiful prayer. Vocations in Australia are slowly increasing again and have been for some years. Hopefully it is in response to the prayer of Pope St John Paul. In the meantime we have a wonderful young priest from Vietnam in our parish who will be here for 6 years. He is the second one to come and help. We are very grateful indeed.

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