Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace!   Prayer is so important for all of us but particularly for those who are discerning their vocation.   “St. Francis used to state firmly that we should desire the grace of prayer above everything else, and in every way possible he would encourage his brothers to the zealous practice of prayer.   It was his conviction that no one could make progress in the service of God without it.”  St. Bonaventure, Major Life, 10:1   When someone comes to discern their vocation with me one of the first things that I do is recommend a good Spiritual Director.

Needless to say we can pray anywhere at any time and indeed God speaks to us through all of creation.   For some it’s in the wilderness, climbing a mountain, or by the sea or in the woods that they hear God’s voice.   I find this a prayerful place!    This is the beautiful tabernacle in the Oratory of the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, Co Kerry.   I guess we all have our own special places – it might just be in a corner of your own room in your own house.

God bless you as you continue on your discernement journey.


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