[quote="magdelaine1173, post:7, topic:206564"]
I am asking for prayers for those who will NOT be ordained. You are correct Br. JR. the ''office personnel'' as it were, to the friars and the clerks regular, secular orders and fraternal orders are those for whom I pray right now. Not for priests or even nuns in this thread. Brothers and Sisters, Clerks and Deacons.
I hope the thread did not confuse anyone.
I am arguing this point, not because it really matters...only because i do NOT understand.
As I have stated, we pray for consecrated men and women...which means religious brothers, etc. Also consecrated women can either be nuns of the cloistered kind or sisters, or lay women! There is no distinction as you point out 'being the least'..
Vocations to All consecrated life...which could mean also lay secular orders like Madonna House. I think that the Lord realizes this. To the sister who works in the slums or in the the pope's kitchen have no distinction in prayers. BOTH are sisters and their souls belong solely to God. One is not 'better' than the other.
All those who are striving for this consecrated life are prayed for in the whole of catholic.com BUT that doesn't stop the Lord using the prayers towards a situation where a priest , brother, nun, sister or lay person that NEED the prayers the most OUTSIDE of the catholic.com world is at His own discretion. I will not box Him to where the prayers should be. We are so finite where He is infinite and sees the bigger picture.
In other words, the prayers are for ALL who have devoted their life to Christ, but especially for those on the forum. AND THERE ARE MANY...i I jsut received an e-mail from a seminarian who was has always been grateful for the prayers that is being had on that thread. It just drws a bit more attention to the fact that prayers shoudl be perpetual. And maybe this is why it is a sticky...it will not get lost in the millions of threads that exist.:)