Image via WikipediaOur gospels tells us of how Jesus, as he went around to all the towns and villages and saw the crowds, how “his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned like sheep without a shepherd.” Are these words reminding us of something terribly important if we are going to have new vocations to the religious and priestly life today? Do we find our own hearts moved with pity and do we recognize sufficiently how many, especially the young, are troubled and abandoned? Do we see the crying need for persons to guide and instruct the crowds of our own time? Have our affluence and technological advances stolen from us this sense of pity and compassion, this sense of urgent need, blinded us even to how troubled and abandoned the people of our time truly are? I find myself asking these questions and wonder if they might be a way of deepening our prayer and attracting vocations.