Vocations

Vocations

What is a Vocation? In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” So, in general terms your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him. The difference is how each one does this.

Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious or a priest. However, we usually use “Vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or priestly life. That is what we do on this website, but the principles and much of the advice are also applicable to the married and the single life.  In the one life God gave you to live, you have one overriding purpose, to fulfill the will of God, because this is the key to your true destiny, eternal happiness.  God gives each one of us a particular mission in life. As we grow and life progresses, he makes it known to us, usually in indirect ways, more as an invitation than an imposition.

Discovering and ultimately following your vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator. It is what we were meant to do.

“Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

 
     
     

Pope Francis' Message at World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is   born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of   fraternal love.”

Helpful resources on Vocations

Marriage

Single

Vocations Office of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

Diocese of Raleigh Vocations Office

Vocations.com  

Catholic.org