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If the Lord wishes... (James 4:15)
"The Lord will help you to know his will; he will help you to follow your vocation courageously." --Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, Missouri
God wills something wonderful for each of us. We each have a special vocation to follow in life. Some of us will be called to be witnesses of Christ through marriage, some through single life, some through vowed religious life, and some through ordained priesthood. Each vocation requires courage to follow its path.
This week, find someone who has followed each of these four vocations (married life, single life, vowed religious life, ordained priesthood) and talk with each one about their life. Ask them about the courage it takes to follow their vocation. Ask them how the Lord helped them to know his will.
Lord, grant me the courage to follow whatever vocation I am called to in my life. Whatever my vocation might be, help me to always give witness to your will. Amen.
In May 1938, Pope John Paul II received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.