Thursday, July 7, 2005

A prayer for a seminarian

Among other things, one’s vocation is the means by which that person achieves Eternal Life, and by which that person helps others to achieve Eternal Life. For that reason, the vocation that one chooses is not just a career choice, but a serious path of discernment. In addition to my own brother, I know many young men who are currently in seminary, preparing for the priesthood. It is such a blessing to see the flourishing of God’s calling in their lives.

I found the following prayer in the back of the church a few weeks ago. Please pray it daily for your favorite seminarian!

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, give your divine assistance to (seminarian name). Speak Your word in and through him. Act in him, love him through his heart. Give him Your own dispositions and feelings. Teach, lead and guide him always. Correct and enlighten him.

Incline him to constant adoration and thanksgiving. Let him live in You and keep him in this intimate union always, so that one day he may stand in your stead- configured to You as Your priest.

O Mary, Immaculate Conception, Mother of Jesus and Mother of priests, pray and intercede for (seminarian name). Amen.

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