Many parishes observed a Vocations Sunday this past weekend. The truth is that Baptism is the original sacrament for vocations. It is in Baptism that the deepest sanctity is begun. The Holy Father recognizes this:
15. Let the grace of your baptism bear fruit in a path of holiness. Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation. Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life (cf. Gal 5:22-23).
The mention of the Holy Spirit is significant; a believer doesn’t need to wait for Confirmation. The Third Person is not withheld till later in youth.
Pope Francis has strummed on this theme quite often:
When you feel the temptation to dwell on your own weakness, raise your eyes to Christ crucified and say: “Lord, I am a poor sinner, but you can work the miracle of making me a little bit better”. In the Church, holy yet made up of sinners, you will find everything you need to grow towards holiness. The Lord has bestowed on the Church the gifts of scripture, the sacraments, holy places, living communities, the witness of the saints and a multifaceted beauty that proceeds from God’s love, “like a bride bedecked with jewels” (Is 61:10).
In sum, we have unbelievably rich and varied options to invite us into sanctity. Do we take advantage? Encourage others to do so?