Pietro Vannucci known as Pietro Perugino or Il Perugino (1450-1523), Handing over of the Keys, fresco, 1482-83, Vatican Apostolic Palace, Sistine Chapel. © Musei Vaticani
You have been called. Called by God, called by Christ, called by the Church.
Whatever way your vocation sounded within the interior depths of your awareness
and in the exterior reality of your experience,
each one of you should always remember that fact,
that characterizes your existence: the divine election extended to you personally.
The Word of Jesus, that from the Gospel has come down
all the way to your human existence:
“I have chosen you”; Christ said to each one of you:
“Come, follow me”; and the same voice resounded in each of you
-- tender, liberating, imperative:
“Come and follow me; I will make you fishers of men”.
Oh, blessed are you, dear sons and brothers!
Blessed are you who have had the grace, the wisdom,
the courage to listen and to welcome this determining invitation!
(Pope Paul VI, Homily on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29 June 1975)
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