Lay Service » Discerning my Particular Vocation

PathwaysYou could start your discernment by asking 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.

In the one life God gave you to live, you have one overriding purpose, to fulfil 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).

Now perhaps ask yourself how can I tell if I have a Vocation?

If you have a vocation there are two signs that you have found where you are supposed to be.

  • One is that you feel "at home" there. This is logical, since your vocation is what God meant you to be when he created you, so obviously when you are where he wants you to be you have the feeling of being made for there, which you were.
     
  • The second sign then is that tremor of fear. You could say it another way, you could say that you have found your call when you discover that you are really going to have to work to make it a reality. Your vocation is not something you discover and slip into comfortably and effortlessly. It is going to take all the qualities you have (both spiritual and human) and make you stretch and develop and use them beyond what you ever thought possible. Because God wants you to be a saint, and that is the challenge of a lifetime.

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