You are already living your vocation
DISCERNING YOUR VOCATION is no easy process—in fact, it can be downright frustrating and worrisome! After all, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” is one of the most important questions every person tries to answer. But remember this: the journey is just as important as the destination, and it’s a journey that never really ends. We are always discerning God’s will for us, every moment of our lives, as long as we live. When you relax about your future, you can open your heart and mind more fully and freely to your many options and experience them from a more positive standpoint.
Listen to what these current discerners have to say:
Cursey James Calais II, a candidate discerning with the Josephites, has simple advice for those considering a religious vocation but are unsure about what steps to take: “Just try it,” he says. “You can really find out if it is your calling or not if you give it a try."
Mary Mensch, discerning with the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, has a similar sage suggestion: “The worst thing that could happen is just realizing that it’s not for you . . . Just be open! You have so much to gain from it.”
But you don't have to jump in head first, says Jane Aseltyne, a candidate with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Slowing down is important during discernment. “The first thing I would always tell people is to stay open to God in prayer, and to NOT rush things!” she says. “I think it is important for people considering a vocation to take their time with it—to take the time to let the call grow in you and to ask questions.”
Greg Dunn, discerning with the Dominican Friars, agrees: There’s no shame in not having your vocation all figured out right away. “Focus on a personal relationship with Jesus and what that means as far as serving others. And let other people walk with you. Let other people into the journey. Family, close friends, spiritual director . . . they can not only help you discern God’s will but also add joy to your life and theirs,” he says.
As you explore the possibilities for your life, and perhaps at times feel a little lost in that wandering, rest assured that you have already answered the most important call of all: the call to Christian discipleship. All decisions you make henceforth stem from this fundmental choice. Stay committed to this call and it will lead you wherever you are supposed to go.
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“Discovering our vocation in life is absolutely impossible without coming to some awareness of our own life stories and a deep appreciation of the advice and support of friends,” writes Friar Douglas Adam Greer, O.P., in VISION 2002. “Getting to know what makes us tick, what energizes us, what vision of life gives us hope, pounded-out and pulled-together in the mortar and pestle of friendship, is the process through which we come to make an informed vocation choice.”
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