Passionate, excited and thankful to the Lord for his vocation, Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia tried by all means to promote primarily priestly Vocations and Vocations to special consecrations. “Asking workers to the Holy Church – he wrote – means, first of all, asking the Lord for priests according to his Heart. Secondly, men and women religious.” However, ahead of his times, he claimed that the workers of the harvest of the Lord are all Christians called to listen to God’s project on their lives. So he wrote: “The Divine Word is always a sublime synthesis of countless mysteries, and from which you can draw multiple salutary applications. That divine Rogate ergo Dominum messis ut mittat Operarios in messem suam, not only has to be considered in relation to the Priests, but it is to be considered as to how the lord pushes with his divine grace to work effectively in his Church, in the great harvest of souls. Because there are those who sow and reap, those who water with tears and the seed that sprouts, those who joyfully return with handful of harvests, those who separate the wheat from the chaff, those who preserve it in barns, those who distribute it, so in the formation of eternal salvation of souls there are several agents in different walks of life and social classes.”
Particularly, he stressed the importance of the vocation of the rulers, educators, teachers and parents. “This prayer is also valuable because the good Lord gives enlightenment and special grace to all parents who have in their hands the great harvest of future generations so that they know how to give their children good example, know how to keep them away from the dangers of the soul, know how to teach them with holy education, and introduce them to success, to God who, for this purpose, has given these children to them.” Finally, it must be remembered that the vocational pedagogy of Saint Hannibal Mary Di Francia pointed to the personal involvement of those who pray for Vocations. He said that those who pray for Vocations to the Church must first commit themselves to “do it as good workers of the harvest.” It is evident that to pray to God to obtain Vocations questions personally the one who asks them, being able and having to give first of all their availability. In this way each person who prays for Vocations can become the response and the immediate fruit of that prayer.
- Scritti, vol 43, pag 111.
- Scritti, vol 43, pag 112.
- Cfr Scritti, vol 52, pag 33.