Priesthood candidates 'need not fear God's calling'

Cardinal Tagle underscores importance of promoting church life on World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Priesthood candidates 'need not fear God's calling'

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila on May 14 delivers a homily during the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. (Photo by Angie de Silva)


Philippines
May 16, 2017
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila told those considering serving the church through the priesthood or consecrated life not to be afraid of God's calling.

"Let us not be afraid of our vocation because we are all called by Jesus," the prelate said during the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 14.

"We all have the vocation to be followers of Jesus. Nobody can escape that," said the prelate in his homily before hundreds of people in the Manila Cathedral. 

Cardinal Tagle said people must be encouraged to "respond generously to God's gifts."

The Manila prelate, however, emphasized the "different states of life" or specific calling of each member of the church. 

"As to the need of the church in priests, there are more rooms being left open. It's a matter for us realizing the gifts of the spirit or maybe the room God asks from us," said Cardinal Tagle.

He earlier called on the clergy and other laypeople to work for vocations among Manila's Catholics.

In a circular, the prelate underscored the importance of promoting vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. 

"We thank God for the gift of vocations and at the same time ... calling more people to God's service in the church and also in society," he said.

The cardinal said the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is an "opportune occasion for our communities to hear from their pastors' vocation stories and personal testimonies."

He urged priests to share their vocation stories "to inspire people to respond to God's call to different forms of service in the church."
 

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