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Discerning my vocation

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The wisdom of a prudent man is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Proverbs 14:8

How to Discover your Vocation

January 03, 2023

Fr Stephen Wang

A simple and informative CTS book written for young people who are discerning their vocation.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Catholic Truth Society (28 April 2009)
ISBN-10: 1860825893
ISBN-13: 978-1860825897

Discovering Your Personal Vocation: The Search for Meaning Through the Spiritual Exercises

February 23, 2023

Fr Herbert Alphonso SJ

An Ignatian approach to discernment.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S. (1 Jan 2001)
ISBN-10: 9780809140442
ISBN-13: 978-0809140442

Finding Life’s Purpose

May 28, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI

Handbook for young people searching for the purpose of their lives.

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Catholic Truth Society
ISBN : 9781860827198

To Save a Thousand Souls

January 01, 2020

Fr Brett A. Brannen

For anyone considering the priesthood or involved in the training of seminarians. From explaining what the call of Christ means for priests, to the joy and nerves of ordination day, this book looks at many different aspects of priestly formation.


Paperback: 358 pages
Publisher: Marston Book Services Ltd.
ISBN: 9780989621205

No Ordinary Calling

January 01, 2020

Fr Stephen Langridge

In this book priests tell their own stories of how they were able joyfully to answer that call. It shows that young men are still becoming priests today, and will be helpful to anyone interested in knowing more about the priesthood.


Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: ST PAULS Publishing
ISBN: 9780854397884

A Way of Life for Young Catholics

January 01, 2020

Fr Stephen Wang

Practical guide to young people wanting to live their faith.


Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Catholic Truth Society
ISBN: 9781860824876

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Prayers for Discernment

Prayer of Thomas Merton


My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are with me, and you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.


Prayer of St Francis

All Highest and Glorious God,
Cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Grant me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity, profound humility,
with wisdom and perception, O Lord, so that I may always
and everywhere seek to know and do what is truly your holy will,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayer of Charles de Foucauld


I abandon myself into Your hands,
do with me what You will.
For whatever You may do, I thank You.
I am ready for all, I accept all,
let only Your will be done in me,
as in all Your creatures:
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I commend my soul
I offer it to You with all the love of my heart.
For I love, You, my God,
and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into Your
hands without reserve and with boundless confidence,
for You are my Father.


A Memo to Myself


I have a vocation from God. If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful.
If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.


Prayer for Priests


Lord Jesus, the ministry of priests is a sign of your unfailing care.
Call from among us the priests needed for the Church of today and tomorrow.
Bless all students for the priesthood.
Grant them joy, wisdom, courage and a generous spirit.
Sustain priests with a real sense of your love and the support of those they are called to serve.
Keep them faithful to their calling.


A Parent’s Prayer


Loving God, You have given us the privilege as well as the responsibility of parenthood.
Guide us as we invite our children to hear your call to service in the Church.
May they respond with deep faith and generosity to the needs of others.
Help us to be a source of encouragement by our own desire to be committed people who serve with love and enthusiasm.


40th World Day of Prayer for Vocations


By Pope John Paul II

Mary, humble servant of God Most High, the Son to whom you gave birth has made you the servant of humanity.
Your life was a humble and generous service. You were servant of the Word when the angel announced to you the divine plan of salvation.
You were servant of the Son, giving him life and remaining open to his mystery.
You were servant of Redemption, standing courageously at the foot of the Cross, close to the Suffering Servant and Lamb, who was sacrificing himself for love of us.
You were servant of the Church on the day of Pentecost and with your intercession you continue to generate her in every believer, even in our difficult and troubled times.
Let the young people of the third millennium look to you, young daughter of Israel, who have known the agitation of a young heart when faced with the plan of the Eternal God.
Make them able to accept the invitation of your Son to give their lives wholly for the glory of God.
Make them understand that to serve God satisfies the heart, and that only in the service of God and of his kingdom do we realise ourselves in accordance with the divine plan, and life becomes a hymn of glory to the Most Holy Trinity.


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