The word “vocation” comes from the Latin VOCARE, which means “to call”. A vocation to the priesthood, religious life, marriage or single life is a faith response made by a person having been called by God. This call is always experienced as an invitation. The invitation attracts our attention and we end up finding ourselves spending a lot of time reflecting on the possibility of our response. The invitation is freely given and also freely responded to; God never pushes or demands. We are called and left free to respond..
To enter into this invitation seriously is called discernment. This is the period of time when a person makes a serious examination of their personal invitation. Discernment is a period of time that usually contains the following elements: questions, doubts, prayer, joy, wonderment, amazement, search, grace, sharing and growth. Each person experiences discernment uniquely, yet in many respects, each shares similar experiences. At the end of discernment comes decision; the moment when a person knows that they now must make their personal response..
If you feel that you are being called to be a sister, brother or priest, give it serious thought and prayer. You never know, God may be calling you. How will you respond? What is your vocation?
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