What is a vocation?
Pope St John Paul II reminded us that ‘Love is the fundamental vocation of every human being.’ As they walk in this path, people hear God calling them into discipleship, a living relationship with the person of Christ, this call that has three dimensions:
- The universal call to holiness: God the Father calls people to listen to his Son, to be baptised in the Holy Spirit and to live as disciples of Christ.
- The call to a way of life: a Christian disciple expresses their faith, hope and love through living as a consecrated person, an ordained minister or a lay person, in the married or single state.
- The call to work: God calls people to many different kinds of work, ranging from paid work to care of family members. Work on its own does not give meaning to life however; it is human beings who make work meaningful.
Through the light of faith, women and men gradually become aware of the God’s plan for each person. The task of the Church is to help form the conscience of the individual to be able to discern the voice of the Spirit. God the Father invites human beings to let themselves become involved in the plan which God destines for not only their good but the good of one another. To enable all our parishioners to come to an understanding of life as a dialogue were, we’re asked to respond to God’s call, we must promote a renewed vocational culture, were every personal calling is properly understood within the vocational landscape of the entire Church.
One specific challenge for the diocese is how to reawaken in men and women of all ages, an understanding of making life decisions, as way of taking responsibility for responding to God’s call in their own lives? All vocational pastoral care should be structured to help a person to respond positively to the call they have received from God and commit to walking a path towards giving one’s life in the service of others and of God.