Vocation is a call!
Who calls? God calls! “You have not chosen me, I have chosen you.” John, 15:16
In his unconditional and personal love God has created a plan for each one of his children.
"I have called you by name, before you were born in the womb I knew you." Isaiah 43:1. He invites us to follow a path that in his love he has designed for us, our challenge is to discover that path and say YES to God.
Our modern world has opened up many opportunities when choosing a career. There are countless possibilities. A vocation however is not about the task we do but about a way of life. One may be called to live a single life, a married life or a life dedicated entirely to God as a priest, religious or consecrated person.
Vocation is a call to love
“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013. It is about entering into a relationship with God, discovering his tender love for you and answering His call of love by letting everything you do and say, everything you live and think, everything you suffer and pray, everything you love and care for be enlightened and guided by Him. Father Kentenich often said; “Love is my main vocation” and he described this relationship with God as a “Game of love”. It is dynamic, vibrant and requires commitment from both the one who calls and the one whom is called in love!
Vocation is an adventure with God
Life is an adventure! When we decide to go on an adventure we dare to take a risk, we venture into the unknown following a longing in our hearts. Our personal vocation is also an adventure! God asks us to trust that Christ loves us with a love that goes beyond our wildest dreams; he challenges us to ‘venture into the unknown’ of His call as we follow a longing in our hearts that we often cannot express in words. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was asked how someone knows if they are called. She responded: “They know, they know!”
Prayer for vocations
Mary, in the midst of the apostles you powerfully interceded the coming of the Holy Spirit,
who transforms weak men and women and guides them on the road to victory.
Open our hearts for the Spirit of God that He may change the course of the world.
Holy Spirit, you are the soul of my soul. I humbly adore you.
Enlighten me, strengthen me,guide me, comfort me.
Reveal your wishes to me as far as this is in
accordance with the will of the eternal Father.
Show me what Eternal Love wants of me.
Show me what I should do. Show me what I should suffer.
Show me what I should humbly and thoughtfully accept, bear and endure.
Holy Spirit show me your will and the will of the Father,
for I want my whole life to be nothing else than a continuous,
an everlasting ‘yes” to the wishes, to the will of God, the Eternal Father. Amen
(Written by Fr. Joseph Kentenich based on the prayer of Cardinal Mercier “Secret of life”)