- Pope Francis
I would like to ask you: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord which through a desire, a certain restlessness, invites you to follow Him more closely? Have you heard it? (…) Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus? Youth must spend itself for high ideals. Do you think so? Do you agree? Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave! Be brave, ask Him!!! Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community … That’s why Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest – that is, God the Father – to send out laborers into his harvest”. The vocations are born in prayer and from prayer, and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.