Ultimately the call to religious life is a call by God. In order to hear this call an attentive openness to the presence of God and his direction in ones life is fundamental. The call to prayer and communion is universal. Subsequent it is only within the close relationship with God that can develop through prayer and communion that a call to give oneself in the way of the religious life is normally perceived.
But while the openness and dedication to prayer of the individual is important, it is crucial to pray for vocations too. Jesus himself said “to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (cf. Mat 9:38/Luke 10:2). That prayer for vocations has a profound effect is clear from the extraordinary amount of vocations after the year dedicated to prayer for vocations. The Irish Province of the Dominicans itself had thirteen novices that year, something that hadn’t been seen for decades. There should be no doubt about the value of prayer in general, and prayer for vocations in particular!
In order to foster more prayer for vocations an Icon of St. Dominic,specially commissioned to promote prayer for vocations, has travelled around the country to encourage and promote prayer in years past. We have resumed this practice and have started with the display of the icon in the Dominican Church in Newbridge College. The icon will remain here until it will be brought next to St. Malachy’s in Dundalk on the weekend of the 22nd of October.
Please support us and keep praying for vocations.
as once you called Saint Dominic to preach the Gospel,
so now, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and patroness of the Order,
we ask you to send new preachers into your harvest.
Give them the graces necessary to preach with wisdom and courage.
May they be witnesses to your life, death and resurrection, bringing the light of the true faith into the darkness of people’s lives.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.