What is a Vocation?
The word vocation is derived from the Latin word vocare, “to call,” and so a vocation is a calling. Above all, everyone has a vocation to holiness, a universal call to holiness, which Christ gives to us in the Gospel (John 13:34):
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him. The difference is how each one does this. Some people serve God through marriage and family life, others serve Him as a single person and still yet others serve God through the Priesthood or Religious Life. Basically, your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life.
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 us a great sense of joy and fulfillment as we are discovering our life’s purpose! It is what we were meant to do.
“Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
God tells us an amazing thing: that even before he created us he knew us and called us. However, this does not mean that we always automatically know for sure what we are called to do in life. God reveals his will gradually, we can always make a mistake and we can even say no to him. Fortunately, God always takes us where we are and so our concern should be only where does he want me to go from here, and not anguish over the past. God is always with us as long as we keep close to Him through prayer and do our best to live up to His will in the present moment.
Do you feel called to the priesthood or religious life? Please visit the Archdiocesan Vocation Office to get more information on the many ways to serve God as a priest or religious!
Do you feel called to the Diaconate? Please visit the Archdiocesan Office of the Diaconate for more information.
Are you discerning marriage? Visit the Archdiocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life for information on Marriage Preparation and the many resources available to you as you make this important life decision!
Are you single and between the ages of 18-40? Visit the Archdiocesan Office for Young Adult and Campus Ministry . Want to stay connected with other Young Adult Catholics throughout San Antonio? Visit the Young Adult Meetup Group.