As many of you are well aware this past Sunday was the World Day for Vocations, or "Good Shepherd Sunday" -- a time we traditionally pray for vocations. In Rome, Pope Benedict ordained 19 men to the priesthood and then addressed the crowds gathered for his weekly Regina Caeli address. Appropriately he highlighted vocations, and called on the faithful to "pray a lot" for vocations "so that the greatness and the beauty of the love of God attracts many to follow Christ on the path of the priesthood and the consecrated life."
He added: "It is also necessary to pray as well so that there are holy spouses, capable of indicating to their children, above all by example, the horizons to which they should tend toward with their liberty."
It was a nice touch that reminds us that vocations are nurtured at home, and that the vocation to marriage and the vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life -- or any vocation for that matter -- are all intertwined.
Pope Benedict also invited the faithful to pray for his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which begins this Friday.
With my visit, I propose to confirm and encourage the Christians of the Holy Land, who must daily confront many difficulties. As a successor of the Apostle Peter, I will show the closeness and support of the whole body of the Church. Moreover, I will be a pilgrim of peace, in the name of the one God, Father of all. I will give witness to the Catholic Church's commitment in favor of those who work to practice dialogue and reconciliation, to arrive to a stable and lasting peace in justice and mutual respect.
Certainly a very important intention to remember in the days to come.
For more information on Salt + Light Television's coverage of the Holy Father's pilgrimage click HERE
. You can read Pope Benedict's Regina Caeli address in its entirety HERE