Vocation to Religious Life
"Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, '... Come, follow me'." ( Mk 10:20-21)
Vocation is a calling, an attraction that God places into the heart of a young person: a desire to serve God, a preoccupation for the salvation of souls.
"The experience of this gracious love of God is so deep and so powerful that the person called senses the need to respond by unconditionally dedicating his or her life to God, consecrating to Him all things present and future, and placing them in His hands."
(St. John Paul II, VC 17)
In this, the Lord doesn’t consider so much the talents or weaknesses of a person, but He chooses freely whom He wants.
In religious life, we consecrate ourselves to God. Through a life of the evangelical counsels chastity, poverty and obedience, we follow Jesus more closely. Consecrated people "strive to become one with Him, taking on His mind and his way of life. This leaving of everything and following the Lord (cf. Lk 18:28) is a worthy program of life for all whom he calls, in every age" (St. John Paul II, VC 18)
"If you hear the Lord's call, do not reject it! Dare to become part of the great movements of holiness which renowned saints have launched in their following of Christ.
Cultivate the ideals proper to your age, but readily accept God's plan for you if he invites you to seek holiness in the consecrated life.
Admire all God's works in the world, but be ready to fix your eyes on the things destined never to pass away.
The Third Millennium awaits the contribution of the faith and creativity of great numbers of young consecrated persons, that the world may be made more peaceful and able to welcome God and, in him, all his sons and daughters."
(St. John Paul II; VC 106)
"Give thanks to the Lord if he has called one of your children to the consecrated life.
It is to be considered a great honour — as it always has been — that the Lord should look upon a family and choose to invite one of its members to set out on the path of the evangelical counsels!
Cherish the desire to give the Lord one of your children so that God's love can spread in the world. What fruit of conjugal love could be more beautiful than this?
I pray that you, Christian families, united with the Lord through prayer and the sacramental life, will create homes where vocations are welcomed."
(St. John Paul II; VC 107)