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Vocation is…


Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “(…) then come, follow me.” (Mark 10, 21)

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honour whoever serves me. (John 12, 26)

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep”. (John 21, 15-17)


What more pleasing to us, dearest brothers, than God’s voice of invitation? (Prologue RB 19)

Behold, God in his graciousness shows us the way of life. (Prologue RB 20)

Let us open our hearts to the divinising light and our ears to the voice of God. (Prologue RB 9)

In the midst of the multitude, the Lord seeks himself a co-worker. (Prologue RB 14)


A religious vocation gives a happiness that the world cannot give. Man, if he yields to the will of the Most High, thinks of nothing and becomes a blind instrument of God, that is, he rather sees everything as possible and easy to fulfil. For God and for Heaven everything must be done, everything must be sacrificed.

The religious person is like a perpetual lamp in the Church that shows people where the Blessed Sacrament is.

In imitation of Mary (…), one must learn from her true love (…). Purity of heart and conscience gives charm to the person.

Look up to God, for without His blessing you will succeed in nothing! (…) Walk with God and God will be with you. Without God there is no true happiness on earth.


Vocation is the flower of the Gospel.

Dear young friends, let Jesus look into your eyes, so that you may desire to see the Light, to taste the splendour of the Truth. Whether we are aware of it or not, God created us because he loves us and so that we may love him. This is the reason for the unquenchable longing for God that lurks in the human heart: “I seek, O Lord, your face”.

A vocation to the path of the evangelical counsels is born of an interior encounter with the love of Christ which is a redeeming love. In the structure of a vocation, the encounter with this love becomes something thoroughly personal.


But Jesus at one point says, referring to his sheep: “My Father, who has given them to me…” (John 10, 29). This is very important, it is a profound mystery, difficult to understand: if I feel drawn by Jesus, if his voice inflames my heart, it is because God the Father has placed within me a desire for love, for truth, for life, for beauty… and Jesus is all these things in full! This helps us to understand the mystery of vocation, especially the calls to a particular consecration. Sometimes Jesus calls us, invites us to follow him, but it can happen that we do not realise that it is him, as happened to the young Samuel.

There are many young people here in St. Peter’s Square today. I would like to ask you: have you ever heard the voice of the Lord inviting you, through desire, anxiety, to follow Him more directly? Did you want to be apostles of Jesus? Youth needs to set its sights on lofty ideals. Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be courageous! Before every vocation and behind every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, there is always someone’s strong and intense prayer: grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, community… That is why Jesus said: “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).


A life dedicated to God is never wasted.

Courage! You too can make of your life the gift of yourselves in the name of the love of the Lord Jesus, and in Him the love of every member of the human family.

I call upon you to deepen your friendship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Talk to Him heart to heart. Reject all temptations of ostentation, careerism and vanity. If you have not done so, ask seriously whether the Lord is asking you to follow Him in a radical way, in priestly ministry or in consecrated life. An occasional relationship with Christ is not enough. Such a friendship is not genuine. Christ wants you as his close, faithful and lasting friend.


The Loretto sisters invite girls to a weekend retreat or individual stay at Loretto. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know yourself, God and others.


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