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Everything begins with a gaze

· ​In his message for the Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Pontiff emphasizes that God's call is born and grows in the Church ·

Each vocation in the Church has its origin in “the compassionate gaze of Jesus”. Pope Francis recalled this in the message he wrote for the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated on 17 April 2016, the fourth Sunday of Easter. “The call of God”, the Pontiff writes, “comes to us by means of a mediation which is communal. God calls us to become a part of the Church and, after we have reached a certain maturity within it, he bestows on us a specific vocation. The vocational journey is undertaken together with the brothers and sisters whom the Lord has given to us: it is a con-vocation. The ecclesial dynamism of the call is an antidote to indifference and to individualism. It establishes the communion in which indifference is vanquished by love, because it demands that we go beyond ourselves and place our lives at the service of God’s plan, embracing the historical circumstances of his holy people”.

The text of the Pope's message 

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 21, 2018

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