Mary, Model and Pattern of Vocations
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15
O God, You have given us Mary, the mother of Jesus, to encourage and guide us on our way to union with You. Let her life of loving obedience and humble prayer be a beacon of light and courage for us as we seek to follow Your Christ. This we ask in the name of that same Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, who lives with You and with the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.
At this moment and always, the voice of Jesus is calling to us. Some days that voice is like a gentle whisper; on others, it beckons to us with strength. In either case, this one voice is ever speaking to us: bidding us to go deeper within ourselves; and bidding us outward to tend the needs of those around us. As Mary was visited by the will of God in an angelic voice, we pray that we may be poised always to sense the presence of God in whatever ways God chooses to speak to us. We pray also to have Mary’s courage and faith: determined to go beyond our human limits and embrace the Word of God in our lives, in our very flesh.
Mary, may we never waver in our resolve to listen for and act on the Word of God in our lives. In weakness be our strength, in strength be our joy
Pray for fidelity and perseverance in your vocation. + Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, to religious life, and to lay ministry in our Church.
Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa Parish, East Rembo, Makati City, Philippines)