Importance of Prayer
If you’re asking the question, ‘How do I discern?’ the one word answer would be ‘pray.’ In prayer we encounter God: we bring Him the questions which the Holy Spirit has stirred in our daily lives, and God speaks to us. Although God already knows us intimately, He desires us to open our hearts to Him and be honest with Him, bringing before Him all our hopes, dreams, struggles and worries.
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Prayers for Your Vocation
Prayer can take shape as an informal conversation with God, both speaking and listening. Sometimes when we are not sure of the words to say, it can be helpful to take the words someone else has written, to let them sink in our hearts and make them our own. Here are some prayers that may help you to pray for your own vocation and for others.
Prayer of St Ignatius
Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty,
my memory, my understanding and my whole will.
All that I am and all that I possess You have given me.
I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will.
Give me only Your love and Your grace;
with these I will be rich enough,
and will desire nothing more.
Prayer to know one’s vocation
Prayer for my Vocation (St Mary MacKillop)
Reflection of Bl. Cardinal John Henry Newman
God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good; I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him.
Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him,
in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.
Still, He knows what He is about.
Loving Father, help me to discover my mission in life.
Bl. John Henry Newman, pray for me.
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