February 3, 2014

A vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage is a call to centre one’s life on Christ and build up his kingdom, Pope Francis said.

“The more we unite ourselves to Jesus through prayer, sacred Scripture, the Eucharist, the sacraments celebrated and lived in the Church and in fraternity, the more there will grow in us the joy of cooperating with God in the service of the kingdom of mercy and truth, of justice and peace,” the pope said in his message for the 2014 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

All Christians are called to adore the Lord and allow the seed of his word to grow in their lives and be transformed into service of others, the pope said in the message for the day, which will be celebrated May 11 in many dioceses around the world.

In his message, released Jan. 16, Pope Francis said that while God calls each person individually by name, “no vocation is born of itself or lives for itself.

A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well-cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service,” the pope said.

That takes place in the context of an authentic Christian community.