The Importance of Marian Devotion in Vocational Discernment

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I thought it would be fitting to write about Mary's role in vocational discernment.
From my own experience, and from the experiences of my friends, devotion to Mary is essential to vocational discernment. Like us, she felt a strong call from God, in the form of a visit from the Archangel Gabriel asking her to become the Mother of God. Mary, like many of us, questioned why God would choose her for such a wonderful purpose, but in the end surrendered her fears and concerns to God, saying "Let it be done to me according to thy Word".
Mary knows what it's like to feel a strong call from God, and that a religious vocation is a long and hard journey. Because of this, she is always willing to intercede on our behalf and help us to find the vocation her Son has planned for us. I pray to Mary regulary for help, and she has never failed to intercede to God on my behalf. Now, the resulting answer from God isn't always the answer I anticipate, but it's the answer I need nonetheless.
Devotions to Mary need not be complicated: The one I chose was to constantly wear a Miraculous Medal and pray the prayer inscribed on it regulary, which is "Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray For Us Who Have Recourse To Thee".
Other Marian devotions could include a daily rosary and/or praying a Marian novena. Your spiritual director or pastor could also give you some ideas, as there are many Marian devotions, and I only know of a few of them. It doesn't matter which devotion you choose, it's just a good thing to do when discerning a vocation. Pope John Paul II dedicated his priesthood to the Blessed Mother, and in that spirit we should do the same with our vocational journeys, through daily devotions to her.

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