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Turn to Mary in discerning your vocation, Pope tells Roman youth

Catholic World News - June 30, 2014

Pope Francis spoke about vocational discernment in a meeting with youth of the Diocese of Rome.

The meeting took place on the evening of June 28 at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens.

After apologizing for being late because he had been absorbed in a conversation and lost track of the time, Pope Francis recalled that 40 years ago, in Belgium, he asked two married catechists about their relation with Our Lady; they replied that they were beyond the stage of Marian devotion. “Poor orphans” was the thought that came to the future Pope’s mind.

“A Christian without Our Lady is an orphan,” the Pope continued, as he asked the youth to ponder the state of their relationship with Our Lady and with the Church, both of which are virgin mothers. “This is not a thought of ‘piety,’ no, it is pure theology,” the Pope added.

Another important consideration, Pope Francis said, is that we live in a “culture of the provisional” in which some wish to commit themselves in marriage, the priesthood, or the religious life only temporarily. After calling upon the youth to commit themselves definitively to their vocation, he invited them to join him in singing the Salve Regina.

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