MANILA-- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asked those who are planning to serve the Church through priesthood or consecrated life not to ignore God's calling.
In a mass held to celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, he encouraged the people to respond generously to God's gifts. ?
Let us not be afraid on vocation because we are all called by Jesus. We all have the vocation to be followers of Jesus. Nobody can escape that, Tagle said in his homily.
The head of the Archdiocese of Manila noted that fundamental vocation is lived in different states of life or specific calling. ?
As to the need of the Church in priests, there are more rooms being left open. It's a matter for us realizing the gifts of the spirit or maybe the room God asks from us, he said.
In 1963, Pope Paul VI started the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations which falls on what is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday.
The occasion, which was observed all over the world last May 7, according to Tagle was a good time to gather, pray and encourage young people to religious vocations.?
We thank God for the gift of vocations and at the same time that a calling is God's gift calling more people to God's service in the Church and also in society, the cardinal added.
Earlier, Tagle called on the clergy and other laypeople to work for vocations among Catholics in Manila.
In a circular, he noted that there is necessity to promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life due to the decline in the number of people entering them.
Source: Philippines News Agency