Home / Priesthood / What is a vocation?What is a vocation?
The root word for vocation is vocare, which is Latin for "to call." God has created each one of us for a particular calling or way to follow Him. Through the Sacrament of Baptism we become a child of God and thus called to live in holiness through love of God and neighbor. It is important to also remember that our true vocation does not come from the world, but rather is an invitation directly from God to follow Him.
Our first or primary vocation is to live in holiness, or in other words, to become a saint! While this is a challenge for us all, it should be the goal of every baptized child of God.
Our particular vocation then becomes our state in life: Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Marriage or Single Life.
Learning what our particular vocation will be requires a process we call discernment. It will be utilized at various stages in our lives and God will use others to assist us in that process.
Do you have the courage to ask God the question that is seldom uttered in our busy world, “Lord how are you calling me to follow You?”
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds; and the one who knocks the door will be opened." -Matthew 7:7-8