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Mary and vocation

MESSAGE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II FOR THE 25TH WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (1987)

The Day of Vocations takes on a special significance in the context of the Marian Year which gathers all, Pastors and faithful, around Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, model of all “those called” and mediator of vocations.

Each one of those called, in raising his gaze to Mary, finds in her a perfect model for the knowledge of God’s plan; to follow the Lord with determination according to his will; to accept with humility and joy the sacrifices that this choice of service and love entails (cf. Lk 1:28-38; Jn 19:25).

The believing community, while fulfilling its duty to care for vocations, sees in Mary Most Holy the One who “by her manifold intercession continues to obtain for us the gifts of eternal salvation” (Lumen Gentium, 62) – and therefore also the gifts of vocations – and invokes her as Mother of all vocations. In fact, with motherly love, she cooperates in the regeneration and formation of the sons and daughters of the Church. The words Jesus spoke to her from the cross: “Woman, behold your son”, and to the disciple: “Behold your Mother” (Jn 19:26-27), are the words that determine Mary’s place in the life of Christ’s disciples and express her new spiritual motherhood, in the order of grace, because she implores the gift of the Holy Spirit, who raises up new sons and daughters of God (cf. Redemptoris Mater, 44).

Let us turn our gaze, then, to Mary so as to see and admire not only the one who, chosen, foretold, prepared and called, responded better than anyone else to the special vocation of which God made her the object, but the one who, more than anyone else, ensures that the plan of salvation reaches each and every one, according to the admirable disposition of God who calls all to collaborate with him (cf. 1 Tim 2:4).

To Mary, Mother of divine grace, I entrust vocations. May the new springtime of vocations, their increase in the whole Church, be in our time, and in the whole world, a special proof of her maternal presence in the mystery of Christ and in the mystery of his Church.