"The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call."
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
Response to questions by the bishops of the United States in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2008
The word vocation comes from the Latin word 'vocātiō' which means 'a call'. The dictionary describes it as:
- A strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation
- A person's employment or main occupation, especially regarded as particularly worthy and requiring great dedication.
It relates to what God calls you to be in your life. Everybody has a vocation and discovering that vocation is a key step on the journey of faith.
Often when we think about Vocation we think the choice is between the religious life or marriage. However some say that when you get down to it there is only one vocation: the vocation to love.
Pope John Paul in Familiaris Consortio #11 said:
"God created man in His own image and likeness: calling him to existence through love, He called him at the same time for love. God is love and in Himself He lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in His own image and continually keeping it in being, God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being (CCC #2392)". Additionally the greatest commandment that Jesus gives us is to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34-35, 15:12).
Thus having a vocation means being drawn by love and in love to commit oneself to a way of life. You can read about the different ways of life by selecting from the menu on the left hand side.
This fantastic website has loads of media about vocations with interviews from a variety of people. Check it out.
“It is part of your vocation to shout the Gospel from the roof-tops, not by your words,
but by your life”
- Blessed Charles de Foucard