Traditionally, vocation is viewed as a choice for young people to make between becoming a priest or entering the religious life, or getting married and having a family. Increasingly, people are recognising that vocation is not nearly as simple as this. We are all called by God to an individual vocation of service to God and to others. The process of discerning our vocation is discerning what God's will is for each of us.
To be baptised is to accept Christ’s call to follow him in a new way of life. This involves giving loving attention to the needs of others and to Christ, strengthened by the Holy Spirit and living as an active member of the Body of Christ, the Church. Once a person takes seriously their personal call to holiness, then the other dimensions of Christian vocation are opened up.
As baptised Christians, we are called to live in a way that reflects our Catholic faith and love of Christ. We know from the Gospels that the greatest lessons Jesus taught were done through his actions and the way he treated others. In this way, we are called to be disciples of Jesus in our daily lives.
Those that have had children and now feel like there is something else they are called to do. For the retired or sick, there is an important vocation and service that can be done for the Church. It is important for us all, therefore, to consider what God is calling us to do, not necessarily within the traditional frameworks we are familiar with.
This area of the website is for all people considering how their faith should shape their lives, in the more general sense of vocation. It aims to help you in this journey by providing resources and materials to guide you in discerning what God is calling you to do.
‘Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.’ – St Teresa of Calcutta