At some point in our lives, we may wonder—am I where I am supposed to be? Are my plans or hopes for the future the right ones, the ones that will help me find true happiness?
We all have a calling—something specific that God calls us to. In the Church we commonly refer to this as our ‘vocation’. Each of us are invited by God to live a particular vocation or state of life. By living out our baptismal call to follow and imitate Jesus, we are able to discover what this specific call is.
Our vocation isn’t about our profession or career path. Rather it refers to the very specific way God is calling us to love others. Although your specific calling will be unique to you, there are four ‘categories’ of vocation that the Church uses to help us discern God’s plan: marriage, single life, priesthood and religious life. In each of these four ways of life, God calls us to freely and generously respond to his call. By living out our vocation, we experience deep fulfilment and joy.
The process of discerning your vocation can be challenging. To help you discern what God is calling you to, you may find it helpful to chat to your parish priest, a spiritual director or a trusted friend. Spending time with those living out the vocation you feel called to, can also be useful.
If you would like more information about vocations to priesthood, religious life or the permanent diaconate, please do not hesitate to contact the Vocations Office. Fr Jerome Santamaria, the Vocations Director, is always happy to meet.
Of course, spending time with God in prayer is indispensable. It is only through spending time with God that we can hear and recognise his call. For the past 20 years, young people have been gathering for an hour of prayer at St Patrick's Cathedral. All are welcome.