Christian Life » Discerning my Particular Vocation

PathwaysExplore further what it might mean to be living a good Christian life

You are baptised, good. But we all know it does not stop there and although we can just attend mass regularly it does not stop their either, does it?

Discernment is a term used in Christian tradition to describe the process of discerning God's will for one's life. In large part, it describes the interior search for an answer to the question of one's vocation, namely, determining whether or not God is calling one to the married life, single life, religious life; ordained ministry or priesthood or any other ministerial calling by virtue of Baptism. The concept is not limited to ordination or vowed life.

So this means we all should seek to know what God wants of us not the other way round. “what do I need to do to make sure I’m living a good Christian life?” In other words, “am I responding adequately to God’s invitation through my baptism to love and serve Him?”

Discernment is a personal and often very private process and not disclosed publicly.

So when should people start answering God’s call?

  • From a general point of view, the answer would be, “Right away”, meaning as soon as you hear the call and prudently come to the conclusion that it may be authentic you should act on it.

You already have a vocation!

This vocation to holiness is already a part of your life, given to you at your baptism, and it is so important to remember that. Whatever situation you are in now, however unsatisfactory it seems, you already have a vocation. You might be working, studying, travelling, unemployed, or caring for someone at home; you might be very content, or utterly miserable; full of hope, or close to despair. Whatever your situation, you can trust that God is with you, and that he calls you to be holy in this very situation. Things may well change – and perhaps they need to. But at this moment you must have the confidence to believe that even now there is a meaning and a purpose to your life; and that you can begin to fulfil that by everyday acts of love and kindness and patience.

In our daily life, whenever God asks us to do something, we should follow through quickly and generously. That is the general principal, but when we are faced with a concrete individual, several factors and circumstances can affect the answer. For someone still underage their parents’ desires are a major factor in their decision and their permission is needed to take any definitive step.

Help and support are available in most parishes.

‹‹ back