Phase 2

M. (Maria) – Pray one decade of the Rosary daily.


Continue your devotion to Mary, your mother, by praying one decade of the Rosary each day asking Mary to help you know your vocation.

Our Father

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give is this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


Hail Mary (Repeat 10 times)

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God.
Pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.


Glory Be

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning,
is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.


O. ( Oratio) – Pray with Sacred Scripture daily.


Jesus, the Word of God, speaks to us through the Bible, the word of God. In a special way, Jesus speaks to us and we encounter him through the four Gospels. It would be good for you to begin with the Gospel of Mark, then Luke, Matthew and John. Read a chapter or two each day. As you read, simply pay attention to where your heart rests, what desires are stirred in you, what jumps out at you. Be aware of the desires you have when this happens and then relate them to Jesus by bringing them to him and talking to him about them.

PRRR - Prayer with Sacred Scripture

The PRRR method of praying with Sacred Scripture begins with preparing your heart for deep sharing, reviewing the text slowly and prayerfully with great expectation, reflecting on the text by placing yourself completely into the scene, and responding by speaking freely with God. This prayer can be done in front of the Blessed Sacrament or in the silence of your room. Don’t rush through the steps. Feel free to linger with the Lord as the Holy Spirit moves your prayer.

Prepare (P)

Prayerfully choose the time, place and content of your prayer. What scripture passage has your attention? Ask the Holy Spirit to quiet and inspire you. Consider how God our Lord looks upon you as you enter into prayer. Offer your will and actions to God for His greater glory.

Review (R)

This brief review of the text renders its content fresh in your mind and heart. Perhaps close your eyes and focus on the scene, letting yourself go in the Spirit. In the stillness of prayer, that Scripture is now alive in your consciousness, and you are free to enter in as the Lord desires.

Reflect (R)

You are now invited to enter the place of Scripture by “composing” yourself imaginatively within the event described in the text. You see the persons in the event, you hear the words they speak, and you observe the actions they accomplish. From deep within the place of Scripture you now ask God what you wish and desire in this prayer.

Respond (R)

As friends conclude conversation together, they may communicate with ease remaining concerns for each other. Something similar is true in prayer. As the prayer concludes you simply speak freely with God as one friend speaks to another. This is our response to God’s action on us in heartfelt prayer. Naturally, it is a response of love.

Richard's experience praying with Luke 19

“I took the place of Zacchaeus. I was there in the tree, waiting for Jesus to pass by. When I imagine the Gospel, I don’t see things in great detail. I just had a sense of being in the tree, waiting for Jesus to come. Then he did come, and he stopped. I sensed that, for him, at that moment, I was all that mattered. He was giving me his entire attention. And that was where the prayer stopped – Jesus looking at me, with his whole attention, with warmth, with desire to be with me, and my looking at him in response. It was quiet and happy. It lightened my worry and self-doubt. I knew that Jesus wanted to be with Zacchaeus regardless of Zacchaeus’ sinfulness, and that by being with him, simply by letting him know that he was loved, Zacchaeus would be transformed. I felt that Jesus was with me in the same way. Then I heard Jesus say, “Richard, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And we were together in the house, without many words, just together.”

As Richard contemplates this Gospel event, he grows in personal knowledge of Christ: “I knew that Jesus wanted to be with Zacchaeus”; “I sensed that, for him, at that moment, I was all that mattered.” Through his contemplation, Richard’s relationship with and love for Christ deepen: “Jesus looking at me, with his whole attention, with warmth, with desire to be with me, and my looking at him in response. It was quiet and happy.” Clearly, if Richard prays regularly in this fashion, his readiness to follow Jesus – that is, his readiness to discern – will grow as well.

See “Discerning the Will of God” By Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., pg. 52-54.

V. ( Visita) – Visit with a priest.


There is an old saying, “Anyone who is one’s own spiritual director has a poor spiritual director.” The point is that we need someone to help guide us understand the activity of God in us. The work of God is very mysterious, so we often need someone who has walked in our shoes to guide us or we can get lost. A man who is seriously considering the priesthood would do well to seek out a priest to talk to him. If you do not personally know a priest with whom you could talk, then speak to your pastor or the vocation director.

Eric was in his mid-thirties, a highly successful business consultant. He shares his story:

I had thought about priesthood at times over the years but had never done anything about it. For fifteen years, since college, I always thought that I’d figure this out some day but had never acted on it. I always went to Sunday Mass and never did anything really bad, but I was busy in the “forest” of the world. There were times when I would feel some heaviness inside, as though I was living too superficially – just living for passing things. On one business trip to Europe this really hit me, and I felt I had to do something about this. At the same time, I knew that the woman I was dating wanted to know whether we were going to get married. I realized that I needed to make a choice.

All of this was working on me. Then, one Sunday, I went to Mass, and it was like God hit me over the head with a hammer. The Gospel was the call of the rich young man (Mark 10:17-22). He asks Jesus, “Now what do I need to do?” And Jesus says, “Sell the things you have and follow me.” It was like I was the only one in the church. It was like God saying: “I mean you; I’m talking to you.” It was like a direct call to me. I was stunned.

At that point I knew I needed to act. I shared what had happened with the women I was dating and my sense that I had to do something about this. Then I called the seminary. This was the point I moved to action. The moment I made the call, things moved. After calling the seminary, I knew that I needed to speak with someone. I asked a priest at my parish and we began to meet. From that point on, a path opened up.

See “Discerning the Will of God” By Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., pg. 58.

E. (Eucharistia) – Go to Mass, if possible, daily Mass.


The Eucharist is truly and really Jesus Christ. It is his full presence. There is no greater treasure on the face of this earth. Make Mass the center of your life and you will grow in the conscious encounter with Christ. After receiving Christ in holy Communion, enjoy his presence, share your burdens with him, tell him that you give him permission!

Jessica tells of her discernment:

My life is like a symphony. (I’m an organist.) The opening theme was when I was in high school, sixteen or seventeen years old. There was an elusive kind of feeling, like a magnet drawing me. I loved being in church, the liturgy, the music. It all drew me.

Before high school I had thought of religious life, but not a lot. I just used to admire the sisters. But I didn’t put too much thought into it. I dated. I had a couple of boyfriends, and I enjoyed life.

One day during religion class, when I was a senior in high school, I looked out the window. I could see the cross on the top of the steeple of the parish church. I was drawn to that like a magnet drawing me.

I went to daily Mass. There was something about Mass that drew me. I used to love to listen to the Scriptures. “Being drawn like a magnet” was a happy experience. There was a stillness about it. I used to like to look at the cross, listen to the music in the church, all of this.

Jessica continues:

At times I would be at a dance and it would be fun, but I always felt that there was something more for me. And the “more” was God. As a junior in high school, I was seriously thinking about religious life. By the time I was a senior, I knew. There wasn’t one moment. It was a process, over time.

I’d be at a dance or at a symphony or other social events, and I’d know there was more for me. I’d be happy with people, with friends. I’d be joyful, having a good time, but I’d feel like there was more for me, more that was drawing me. The “more” was God calling me to be his bride. When I told my parents, they cried, and I said, I have to go. There was such a drawing, like a magnet draws.

See “Discerning the Will of God” By Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., pg. 98-99.


Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

M.  Pray three Hail Mary’s daily.
O.   Pray from the heart daily.
V.   Visit with a trusted friend.
E.   Go to confession.

M.  Pray one decade of the rosary daily.
O.  Pray with Sacred Scripture daily.
V.   Visit with a priest.
E.   Go to Mass, if possible, daily.

M.  Pray the rosary daily.
O.  Pray the Examen daily.
V.   Visit a seminary or convent.
E.   Go to Eucharistic Adoration, if possible, daily.

Phase 3

M.  Pray the rosary daily.
O.  Pray the Examen daily.
V.   Visit a seminary or convent.
E.   Go to Eucharistic Adoration, if possible, daily.