Discovering God’s Call in Your Life
"Through Baptism we are all called to holiness of life. This is the fundamental vocation of all Christians – “to be salt to the earth and light to the world”.
When we consider the concrete choices that people make to express their Christian calling, we think of ordained ministry (priesthood and diaconate), marriage and family life, consecrated life (religious life), and committed single life.
Discernment & Vocation:
The process of making a decision about your life with help of the Holy Spirit is called "discernment." It is the process of discovering God's will for you. In this process you will get to know both yourself and God better. As you begin, remember that both you and God ultimately desire the same thing: your happiness. Your deepest desire is the very same as God’s will for you. You want to make a decision about your life that will bring you happiness, which is what God also wants for you also.
Through Baptism we are all called to holiness of life. This is the fundamental vocation of all Christians – “to be salt to the earth and light to the world”. When we consider the concrete choices that people make to express their Christian calling, we think of ordained ministry (priesthood and diaconate), marriage and family life, consecrated life (religious life), and committed single life. Each of these ‘particular vocations’ (life choices) are important commitments that support the life of the Church.
The state of being single is what we’re all born into. For some people, the single state is their lifelong and stable response to the call of Christ. Many men and women choose to remain single in order to make themselves available for prayer and apostolic work of the Church.
Consecrated life is the Church’s way of referring to the wide range of opportunities for individuals to dedicate themselves to a life of prayer and service, often as sisters, nuns, brothers and monks.
If you are aged 20-35 and have ever wondered whether life in a religious order – as a nun, monk, brother, sister or priest – might be the life for you, the Compass course could help you find your direction.
Jesus calls many women and men to the vocation of marriage and being parents. Married couples promise to serve each other with love and to serve the whole Church. They enter into a life-long covenant of love. When marriage is between a Christian man and woman, it is sacramental in nature, and the natural vocation to marriage becomes something much deeper – a joyful call to follow Christ and a total giving of one’s life in love to a spouse and children.
From our baptism we all share in the ministry of Christ who is Priest, Prophet and King. Within that common priesthood certain men are called, by God, to exercise Christ's priesthood in a particular and ministerial way. The nature of this call is similar to, and as mysterious as, the experience of falling in love.
Proper discernment of this vocation requires much time and much support both at Parish and Diocesan level. Consideration needs to be given to the choice between Diocesan Priesthood or Priesthood in a religious order. We also benefit from the ministry of men ordained as permanent Deacons, some of whom are married. Mention should also be made of non ordained vocations to religious orders of both men and women.
For those feeling some call, however unclear, it is always worth talking to the parish clergy or another priest or religious.
For further information on all of the above please see the following links:
For more information on vocations you can contact Fr Terry, our Diocesan Vocations Director, on 01293 524329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org