This Sunday, April 17th, is the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations. At Take Five for Faith they describe the day this way: “The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is first of all a day about the power of many people praying together to realize God’s desires for the world.” Oftentimes the word “vocation” connotes vocations to religious life and priesthood. But God calls each of us to a particular way of life (vocation). Imagine the power of people around the world praying that each human being can discern God’s call in the silence of their hearts. Imagine a world where people are on fire with their vocations to single, married and religious life. As the second-century TAP_5816theologian St. Irenaeus put it, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”

Consider setting aside 5 minutes this Sunday and join Catholics around the world to pray for vocations. Let these words of Pope Francis inspire you:

Each vocation in the Church has its origin  in the compassionate gaze of Jesus.