Novena for Vocations
In 2001, the Catholic Church has grown to 1 billion members. Roughly one out of every seven people on the planet claim membership in the One True Faith at the very least, by virtue of Baptism into her. At present, however, there are just over 400,000 priests, the only laborers given by God the power to dispense the Sacraments to this huge multitude of sheep. Mathematically that works out to be one priest to every 2,500 laymen and the numbers of priests are dropping, not rising, as older priests become sick and feeble and the newly-ordained, as a result of poor training and even poorer screening, oftentimes quit within the first few years after having received the mark of Alter Christus on their souls.
The situation is indeed critical. The ‘Crisis’ in the Church can no longer be denied as being the greatest single obstacle to the continuation of Catholicism ever confronted in all its history, and this phenomenon of foreboding manifests itself plainly to all. Without priests, there can be no Sacraments.
Won't you please pray this little novena after every Rosary?
V) Lord, grant us priests.
V) Lord, grant us holy priests.
V) Lord, grant us many holy priests.
V) Lord, grant us many holy religious vocations.
If you know someone personally whom you think may have a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, or perhaps wish Our Lady Herself to pick such a person, why not make him or her the object of your Rosary intentions for nine consecutive days, using the novena above? In addition, why not add to that, daily Communion and a light penance offered for that person during the nine days? Remember: charity covereth a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Let us aim our charity directly at God and toward the things of God, by praying for vocations.