January 28 St. Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas assures us that holiness “is nothing else but a resolution made, the heroic act of a soul that surrenders to God.” And he adds: “Spontaneously we love God, we run towards him, we get close to him, we possess him.”
Our willingness is important because it changes us into the image of God and likens us to him! The decision to be holy is a very dear one.
Renunciation, temptations, struggles, persecutions, and all kinds of sacrifices are what surround the soul that has opted for holiness.

-St. Teresa of Kolkata

 

Prayer for Vocations

Lord, You told us that “The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send Laborers into His fields.” We ask You to strengthen us as we follow the vocation to which You have called us. We pray particularly for those called to serve as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons:

Those whom You have called,
Those You are calling now,
Those You will call in the future.

May they be open and responsive to the call of serving Your people. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.