Who are you called to be?
"In God's will there is a great peace."
St Josephine Bakhita
"I desire that God may set your hearts on fire with his loved."
St Magdalene of Canossa
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.
Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious or a priest. However, we usually use “Vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or priestly life. That is what we do on this website, but the principles and much of the advice are also applicable to the married and the single life. .
In the one life God gave you to live, you have one overriding purpose, to fulfill the will of God, because this is the key to your true destiny, eternal happiness.
God gives each one of us a particular mission in life. As we grow and life progresses, he makes it known to us, usually in indirect ways, more as an invitation than an imposition.
Discovering and ultimately following your vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator. It is what we were meant to do.
“Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
More readings & articles on vocation
Pope John Paul II - Life as a Vocation
Pope Benedict XVI - God continues to call Adolescents, Youths…
Vocation - Against All Odds
Fr William Doyle, S.J. - Vocations (.pdf download)
Russel Shaw - Do You Have a Vocation? Of Course You Do. We All Do. (.pdf download)
Fr John A. Hardon, S.J. - What is a Religious Vocation? (.pdf download)
Vocation: Definition and more (.pdf download)
Try these videos, blogs & great links:
Mary, A Mother Waiting / twitter.com/amotherwaiting
click here to read more Vocation Articles
MTVNews - Entering a convent is anything but conventional (Video clip)
Love to be Catholic - Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia (Video clip)
Sister Clare of Assisi from the Community of the Beatitudes explains - Why a Religious Life? (YouTube)
Priests - Fr. Paul von Habsburg