Many priests owe their vocation to a saintly mother's prayers. There can be little doubt that Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (Archbishop of Westminster, England) owed his vocation to the Priesthood to his mother's prayers before the Blessed Sacrament. When he was a young man of twenty-one, he wrote: "During the day my mother was often before the Blessed Sacrament. Every morning before breakfast she was in the chapel for half an hour or three-quarters of an hour. After breakfast an hour in the morning was always spent in meditation in the chapel, which was her real home. I do not remember ever seeing her distracted on these occasions, or looking anywhere than toward the Blessed Sacrament or on her book. She often remained with her eyes fixed on the tabernacle. While her body was kneeling back in the chapel and her face was beautiful and tranquil with the effects of divine love, her heart and soul were within the tabernacle with her dearly beloved Savior."

For nearly twenty years it was Mrs. Vaughan's daily practice to spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, asking that her sons might become priests. In answer to her prayers all her five daughters eventually entered convents, and of her eight sons six became priests. Of the six priests, three became Bishops, and one of these a Cardinal.

Immaculata Magazine December 1984
Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.