Week of Prayer for Hospitaller Vocations

Week of prayer for Hospitaller vocations

16th - 22nd April 2018

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In October this year the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be dedicated to young people, and in particular to the relationship between Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. The Synod will give us the opportunity to understand how, at the very centre of our lives, we can find the call and the joy which God is sending to us, and how this is “God’s plan for all men and women in every age” (Synod of Bishops, XV Ordinary General Assembly, Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, Introduction). It is the good news which has been announced for the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations: we are not left to the vagaries of chance, nor are we carried along by a series of random events, but, on the contrary, our life and our presence in the world are the fruits of a divine vocation! Even in our own troubled age, the Mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God is always reaching out to us, and is the God-with-us, who travels along the often dusty pathways of our lives and, responding to our deep-seated hunger for love and happiness, and calls us to experience joy. It urges us to discern and to live this Word which is calling us from above, and, as it enables us to use our talents fruitfully, and makes us instruments of salvation in the world and leads us to the fullness of happiness and joy. These three aspects – listening, discerning and living – can also be seen in the situation that existed at the beginning of Jesus’ mission, when, after days of prayer and struggling in the wilderness, he went to his synagogue in Nazareth, heard the Word, discerned the essence of the mission which the Father had entrusted to him, and announced that he had come to perform it “today”. Introduction Pope Francis’s message for the 55th World Day of


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