O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
O Antiphon for December 17
During the final days of advent each Friar makes a personal Day of Recollection (hermit day) in preparation for Christmas. Each night, in keeping with ancient tradition, the Friars process with the statue of the Child Jesus to the cell of the Friar who is beginning his Day of Recollection. Singing the Veni Emmanuel and the Ave Maria, the community prays for a grace-filled day for their brother.
Today, at the International Carmelite College (Teresianum) in Rome, Italy, our brother, Ramiro Casale of Christ on the Cross, professed his Solemn and Perpetual Profession in the hands of our Superior General and in the presence of our Provincial Superior. Along with eleven other Carmelite Brothers from around the world, Bro. Ramiro professed the evangelical counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Poverty for life.
Along with Fr. Provincial, Gerald Werner, representing our Province and attending the ceremony was Bro. Thomas Reeves, OCD and Theresa Thomas, OCDS. Members of Bro. Ramiro's family from Mexico were also present.
Bro. Ramiro is presently in his final year of Theological studies at the Teresianum. He is expected to return to the Province this summer.
O Father, raise up abundant and holy vocations to the priesthood, who keep and guard the blessed memory of Your Son Jesus through the preaching of His word and the administration of the Sacraments, through which You continually renew Your faithful. Amen
Monday Prayer for Vocations
Gracious God, grant us holy ministers of Your altar, who are careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist, and call forth ministers of Your mercy, who, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spread the joy of Your forgiveness. Amen.
Tuesday Prayer for Vocations
Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome with joy the numerous inspirations of the Spirit of Your Son and, docile to His teachings, may she care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life. Amen
Wednesday Prayer for Vocations
Sustain, O Lord, bishops, priests and deacons, consecrated men and women, and all the baptized in Christ, so that they may faithfully fulfill their mission at the service of the Gospel. Amen
Thursday Prayer for Vocations
Lord, You have always chosen individuals to work with You in a more direct way, in order to accomplish Your plan of salvation. Continue to inspire the hearts of these believers that, filled with divine love, they may be moved to dedicate themselves wholly to the Kingdom. Amen
Friday Prayer for Vocations
May the Virgin, who promptly answered the call of the Father by saying, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord," intercede so that we will not lack servants of divine joy: priests who announce the Gospel faithfully and celebrate the Sacraments, take care of the people of God, and are ready to evangelize humanity. Amen
Saturday Prayer for Vocations
May Mary ensure, in our times, and increase in the number of consecrated persons who go against the current, living the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, and give witness in a prophetic way to Christ and His liberating message of salvation. Amen
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