"Some most foolish Catholic parents make up their minds from the first, without ever consulting the will of God in the matter at all, that their sons shall not be priests, and their daughters shall not be nuns, and shape their education accordingly. Often in such cases God "obeys the voice of man." The gift is not given, the blessing does not descend, because they who are charged with the care of precious souls are unfaithful to their trust. It is through over-fondness for their children that they act in this manner, but in a day that is hidden they will understand how cruel was their kindness. Their jealous watchfulness to exclude the grace of a vocation to the service of God in His sanctuary appears to guardian angels an intolerable tyranny, and to the devil a delightful folly. It is almost as if the parents of the beautiful princess in the fairy tale had been transformed by the wicked enchanter into his sentinel dragons."
-- The Messenger of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Apostleship of Prayer)
Morning Offering for Vocation
O Sacred Heart of Jesus! Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all the prayers, labors, and crosses of this day, in union with those intentions for which Thou dost unceasingly offer Thyself a Victim of love on our altars.
I offer them to Thee in particular for all who are called to the honor of the priesthood, and for all whose duty it is to aid them to discern and accomplish their high vocation. Cause Them, dear Lord, to know the gift of God and to strive with all their power to make it bear full fruit. Amen