My Vocation

Have I Got a Vocation?

The quick answer to this question is, ‘yes!’

‘Vocation’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘to call’. We are all called, by God, to carry out some kind of task for him. A vocation is a personal call that involves our personal response. It does not belong to anyone else.

The fundamental calling, or vocation, is that given us at our baptism. If we are not baptised, and are interested in the question of calling, then that very interest might be a call for you to look further into the question.

The bottom line is that God loves each of us uniquely and in a way that is aimed at our happiness, both on this side of the grave and after death. So the first thing we might do is ask, ‘how am I responding to my basic baptismal calling? How is my relationship with God? What do I need to do, or be, to get to heaven? How can I be of greater service to others?

Such questions are a mature sign that we are taking our baptismal calling seriously.

Beyond the baptismal call, we are also called to a specific way of life. For most of us that will be marriage. Others are called to the priesthood, the religious life, the consecrated life, or the single life. There is a great temptation to run away from the idea that God might be calling us, especially if we think it might be to somewhere that we would rather not go. If we experience such a tension, then it might be worth asking why!

Never forget the power of God’s grace to transform lives, starting with your own!

Take time to ask, “Lord, what is it that you are asking of me?”

If you are persevering, and honest, he will show you the way.

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