It is God who chooses the state of life in which He wishes each one to serve
Him. God directs us to the state in which He wishes us to serve and honor Him by
the desires He puts into our hearts, by the counsel and advice of those whom He
has placed over and around us, by the health and talent He has given us and by the
opportunities He causes to come our way. And God gives to each one who does
His will all that is needed to serve Him well and gain Heaven.
Vocations, Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.
Prayer to Know One’s Vocation
O Almighty and Eternal God, who hast sent me into this world to love and serve Thee, direct me now in the choice of my state of life. Let Thy Holy Spirit be my light and my guide and make my vocation known to me.
O Almighty God! Whose wise and amiable Providence watches over every human event, deign to be my light and my counsel in all my undertakings, particularly in the choice of a state of life. I know that on this important step my sanctification and salvation may in a great measure depend. I know that I am incapable of discerning what may be best for me; therefore, I cast myself into Thy arms, beseeching Thee, my God, Who hast sent me into this world only to love and serve Thee, to direct by Thy grace every moment and action of my life to the glorious end of my creation. I wish to fulfill Thy designs on my soul, whatever they may be; and I beseech Thee to give me the grace, by imbibing the true spirit of a Christian, to qualify myself for any state of life to which Thy adorable Providence may call me. O my God! Whenever it may become my duty to make a choice, do Thou be my light and my counsel, and mercifully deign to make the way known to me wherein I should walk, for I have lifted up my soul to Thee. Preserve me from listening to the suggestions of my own self-love, or worldly prudence, in prejudice to Thy holy inspirations. Let Thy good Spirit lead me into the right way, and let Thy adorable Providence place me, not where I may naturally feel inclined to go, but where all things may be most conductive to Thy glory and to the good of my soul.
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel, Seat of Wisdom, Help of Christians, pray for me.