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Helping to hear the voice of the Lord, opening the way to vocations, living a life consistent with the hope opened up by Christianity: These were some of the themes touched upon by Pope Benedict XVI in a meditation he offered to the pastors of Rome's parishes. He took as his starting point a passage from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. The path toward God is not isolated; it is directed toward the future and the renewal of the world. If the number of vocations is falling -- especially in Europe -- it is because the call of God is not being heard. The call of God is always there, the Pope said, and implies the ecclesial character and the true witness of priestly life based on simplicity and upon ...