“The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for: The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists, it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his Creator.”
A vocation is a calling of love, by Love, for love. The Church teaches us that God creates every human soul for a specific purpose, a specific vocation. A vocation is not simply a call to religious life. On the contrary, the Church believes that everyone has a universal call to holiness, and that call is a vocation in and of itself. Next to that call is each person’s call to live a Christian life in the way God has created them to – whether He calls us to be married and raise twelve saints, or to be single and devote our lives to Him in a unique way, or He calls us to live a religious life, everyone is being called. He calls each and every one of us to walk a path with Him that He has laid out particularly for us, that He has willed for us. We can either form our path to His according to His purpose, or we can choose to walk our own roads. He may be calling you through a loud megaphone with a big bright billboard flashing in front of you screaming “Come this way!”. He may be calling you as relaxed as you call your best friend, chatting about everything and always communicating in a way you clearly understand. He also might choose to call you in a subtle way, with a still, small voice that can only be heard if you listen very, very closely, and you happen to know what to listen for. Inside the chaos and noise of this great big world we happen to find ourselves in today, it can be very difficult to hear, see, or recognize God speaking or acting. He is not found as easily as He seems to be in the Scriptures. Our culture does not make much room for God or even act like He is of any importance. Instead of asking questions like “What is God’s will for my life? How does He want to love me? Where am I called to serve?”, we find ourselves asking “What do I want to do when I grow up? What would make me happy? How can I do the least and make the most?”. We are asking, and being asked, all the wrong questions and we find ourselves searching in many of the wrong places. In order to hear God’s voice and come to an understanding of what His will for you is, your vocation, you must first learn how to listen and recognize the ways in which He speaks to you. This is called discerning. The process of discernment is how one discovers their vocation. There are many ways to discern, and the best place to start is prayer. Open up the Scriptures, exercise the Sacraments, spend time before Our Lord in adoration, ask Him to reveal Himself to you, silence your heart and your world, surround yourself with His Light and Love, seek Him with your whole heart in all you do, and ‘entrust yourself to your Creator’. Fall to your knees and the Lord will take you to the heights!
We as a community are dedicated to helping individuals discover and foster their vocation. We can offer our prayers, our wisdom, and our ministry to all who seek Our Lord. Contact us to ask questions, seek guidance, or just talk to someone about how God is working in your life or may be calling you to serve.