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Loving God, you have given us the privilege
as well as the responsibility of being loving parents.
In the name of Jesus, we ask you to guide us as we invite
our children to hear your call to service and
leadership in our church.
May our children respond with deep faith
and generosity to the needs of God’s people. Help
us to be a source of encouragement to our children by our
own desire to be committed people who serve with love and enthusiasm.
Most holy Virgin, who without hesitation
offered yourself to the Almighty
for the carrying out of his plan of salvation,
pour trust into the hearts of young people
so that there may always be zealous pastors
who are able to guide the Christian people on the way of life,
and consecrated souls who may know how to witness,
in chastity, poverty, and obedience,
to the freeing presence of your risen Son.
(Pope John Paul II , Message for Vocations Sunday 2001)