This Sunday, April 29th, in union with the Universal Church, the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This year, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has invited us to reflect on the theme of Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.
In Holy Cross, our Constitutions speak to this beautiful reality that our vocations come to us as a gift of God’s love for us. They remind us that our religious vows “as an act of love for the God who first loved us” (5: 43).
Together with Pope Benedict XVI, we echo then that “we need to open our lives to this love. It is to the perfection of the Father’s love (cf. Mt 5:48) that Jesus Christ calls us every day! The high standard of the Christian life consists in loving “as” God loves; with a love that is shown in the total, faithful and fruitful gift of self. … It is in this soil of self-offering and openness to the love of God, and as the fruit of that love, that all vocations are born and grow.”
And so we invite you to join us in continuing to pray for vocations, especially to the Congregation of Holy Cross, in this prayer adapted from the Congregation’s Directory of Devotional Prayer.