What is a Vocation?

God loves each of us. He has created us for a particular calling or way to follow him. Through the sacrament of Baptism, we become children of God and are called to live in holiness through love of God and our neighbor.

The process of making a decision about our life, guided by the Holy Spirit, is called discernment. It is the process of discovering God’s will in our lives.

Within our baptismal vocation to holiness, there are several vocations in the Church: Priesthood, Diaconate, Holy Matrimony, Religious Life, and Single for the Lord. Every Christian has a vocation, and each of us has the great privilege and responsibility of discerning what that vocation is in this life.

It is important to remember that our vocation does not come from the world, or from ourselves, but rather is an invitation directly from God to follow him.

As you begin your process of discernment, be open to the Lord and have the courage to follow him. Perhaps you could begin your discernment by asking that question which is seldom uttered in our busy world, “Lord, what do you want?”

After you ask this question, the Lord will lead you and deep your journey of discernment.