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Pope's Mass: Lord, send us nuns and priests, free from idolatry of power and money

During his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for vocations, so that young people listen and recognize God's call to service. The Pope explained that when the heart is full of other interests, joy turns to sadness, and there is no desire to show faith in Jesus. POPE FRANCIS "This is the prayer for vocations. â??Lord, send us nuns and send us priests, defend them from idolatry, the idolatry of vanity, the idolatry of pride, the idolatry of power, the idolatry of money.â?? Our prayer is to prepare these hearts so that they are able to follow Jesus closely.â? The Pope's missionary prayer intentions for March also deal with vocations, calling on young people to recognize their vocation for the priesthood and consecrated life. EXCERPT FROM THE POPE'S HOMILY Source: Vatican Radio "His heart was restless, because the Holy Spirit was pushing him to get closer to Jesus and to follow him. But his heart was full and he lacked the courage to empty it. He made his choice: money. His heart was full of moneyâ?¦. But he was not a thief, or a criminal: no, no, no! He was a good man: he had never stolen! He had never cheated anyone: his money had been earned honestly. But his heart was imprisoned, it was attached to money and he lacked the freedom to choose. Money chose for him.â? "We must pray so that the hearts of these young people may be emptied, emptied of other interests and other sentiments, so that they may become free. This is the prayer for vocations. â??Lord, send us nuns and send us priests, defend them from idolatry, the idolatry of vanity, the idolatry of pride, the idolatry of power, the idolatry of moneyâ??. This prayer of ours is to prepare these hearts so that they are able to follow Jesus closely.â? "Lord, help these young people so that they may be free, not slaves, so that their hearts be for You only; so that the call of the Lord can be heard and can bear fruit. This is the prayer for vocations. We must pray a lot. But we must be careful: there are vocations. We must help them to grow, so that the Lord can enter into those hearts and give this indescribable and glorious joy that belongs to every person who follows Jesus closely.â? AFP/RCA CTV JM BN Up: AFP #pope