Vocations are calls to embark on exodus to Promised Land, pope says

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April 14, 2015

Pope Francis greets crowd during general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following a vocation to the priesthood or religious life is to live an experience of “exodus” — to joyfully leave behind all that enslaves and journey to a Promised Land of love, service and mission, Pope Francis said.

“Responding to God’s call, then, means allowing him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness,” the pope said in his message for the 2015 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The day will be celebrated April 26 at the Vatican and in many dioceses around the world.

The message, released at the Vatican April 14, was dedicated to the theme: “Exodus: A fundamental experience of vocation.”

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