This afternoon we had the joy of hearing a Provincial (that of the Holy Spirit Fathers) narrate his vocation story in the Salesian context. He was all praise for his then Rector, Fr Amaladoss sdb whom he loved very much for his ways of dealing with the boys during his school days at Don Bosco, Katpadi. He narrated how Fr Amaladoss got him to start eating beef when he abhorred it the most!!
Two things he kept repeating, which I knew were the most influential factors in his decision to become a Priest. The first was the example of prayer given by Fr Amaladoss. This Provincial said, he (as a boy) went up to the Chapel not so much to pray but to see Fr Amaladoss in prayer. Now that's quite a compliment for a religious. I wish every boy and every youngster whom we interact with, can say that of each one of us Salesians.
The second was his invitation to join the Salesians... an open and free invitation. This boy who had other plans, on hearing of this invitation, gave it a thought and then decided to join the seminary.
Now that's the power of example combined with proclamation!