Vocations Explained

Vocations Explained

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.

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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.

But I think it is also very important that you feel like it is just a little too much. If you don't you are either in the wrong place or you haven't understood what it is all about.

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What is the difference between a vocation and a job or profession?”

There is a distinct difference between vocation and profession, although they are not mutually exclusive and do in fact overlap. Profession is a much more restricted term, which we use to indicate a career or a particular ability we develop, usually with the purpose of earning a livelihood and contributing in some way to the good of society, but always considered in a horizontal dimension. You don’t need to believe in God to choose a profession and exercise it in an outstanding way, doing much good to and for others in the process. A person can pick, choose and switch professions freely since the principal point of reference is his preferences, his own benefit and the opportunities he has.

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How do I explore a Vocational Calling?

Once you start thinking that you may have a vocation, you are faced with the obvious question, WHERE?

There are two levels to the answer to this question:

General vocation. Usually, but not always, you begin your search with a certain inkling of which general vocation you might be called to. The general headings are: Diocesan priest; priest or brother in active religious life or monastic/contemplative life; lay consecrated life.

Specific Group. This is where we usually run into most of our practical difficulties. There seem to be many possibilities for each of the categories in point above. So how do we narrow it down to one? Since there is such a variety of groups and missions, we may feel overwhelmed and at a loss faced with so many possibilities. Here are some guidelines to help you.

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