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"I think that religious vocations should be celebrated by respective faith communities as a precious gift that needs to be allowed to flourish rather than this sense of apprehension and foreboding that accompanies… for example, when a young man says to his parents “I have met this wonderful lady and I’m going to marry her”, the parents would be overjoyed.

The vocation of marriage is a wonderful and beautiful vocation and it comes from God.

But if someone were to go to their mum or dad and say, “I think I’m being called to be a priest”, their first reaction would most probably be something like “have you really thought about this?” It always lands like a thunderbolt from a clear, blue sky. It shocks and is questioned."
(Perth Vocations Director Fr Jean-Noel Marie)
"Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord’s will for our lives." (Pope Benedict, 2008)