“Discovering one’s vocation is not a navel-gazing, self-focused, psychological exercise. It’s not about figuring something out. It is not about solving a confusing puzzle. It is about meeting a person: the person of Christ. Then Christ reveals his chosen vocation.”
taken from: Is Jesus Calling you to be a Catholic Priest?

Prayers for Discernment

Fall in Love
– Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.


Prayer of the Empty Chalice

Father, to Thee I raise my whole being, an empty vessel.
Accept my emptiness, and fill me with Thyself,
that Thy precious gifts may radiate through me and overflow
the chalice of my heart into the hearts of all whom I meet this day,
revealing to them the beauty of Thy joy and wholeness,
and the serenity of Thy peace which nothing can destroy.

An Augustinian Prayer
for Vocational Discernment

God of my life,
I give you thanks and praise that I have life,
and that my life is filled with touches of Your love.

You have given me a heart that wants to be happy,
and You have placed in me a desire to make a difference.

Quiet the fears and distractions of my heart long enough
for me to listen to the movement of Your Spirit,
to hear Your gentle invitation.

Reveal to me the choices that will make me happy.
Help me to discover my identity.

Let me understand how best to use the gifts
You have so lovingly lavished upon me
in preparation for our journey together.

And give me the courage to choose You
as You have chosen me.

Lord, let me know myself and let me know You.
In this is my happiness.


Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.


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.


“The seminarian experiences the beauty of God’s call in a moment of grace which can only be defined as ‘falling in love’…It is only when a young man has had a personal experience of Christ that he can truly understand the Lord’s will and consequently his own vocation.”

-Pope Benedict XVI (World Youth Day, 2005)

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