Calling Discernment Prayers Recommended Secular Franciscan Vocation

Respond with a joyful yes!

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May the Lord bless your journey of discernment.
May He hold you and keep you.
May He show His face to you
and have compassion upon you.
May He turn countenance to you
and give you peace.

Prayers for Discernment:

Most high, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me, Lord,
a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, insight and wisdom,
so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
St Francis of Assisi

A Prayer for Vocation:

Gracious God,
you have called me to life
and gifted me in many ways.

Through Baptism you have sent me
to continue the mission of Jesus
by sharing my love with others.

Strengthen me to respond to your call each day.
Help me to become all you desire of me.
Inspire in me to make a difference in others’ lives.
Lead me to choose the way of life
you have planned for me.

Open the hearts of all to listen to your call.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit that
we may have listening hearts and
the courage to respond to you.

Enkindle in my heart
and the hearts of others the desire
to make the world a better place
and follow the footsteps of St Francis
to become a Brother or Sister of Penance
in the Secular Franciscan Order.

Some Definite Purpose : Life’s Mission

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.

If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.

He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.


Cardinal John Henry Newman

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.