Discerning My Vocation
Six Ways to Discern My Vocation
Prayer is a conversation with God – not just saying prayers, but speaking to the Lord from your heart. Ask him to reveal his plan for you: “Jesus, I want to want what you want. Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.” Trust that God has a plan for you.
The soul is the window through which we can see God and hear his voice. If the window is dirty because of sin, it must be cleaned through Confession so we can be in union with God. When you receive Communion, ask Jesus to show you your vocation.
3. GOOD INFORMATION
It is impossible to discover your vocation without good information. What does it mean to have a holy Christian marriage? What do priests do? What is it like to be a religious sister or brother? Contact the diocesan vocations office at 669-3100 or search for good information online, then take what you have learned back to prayer.
4. GO ON RETREAT
Miracles happen on retreats! One of the surest ways to discover God’s plan for you is to enter into silence and prayer over an extended period. Ask the Vocation Director to help you find a good retreat.
5. GET ADVICE
Don’t try to discern your vocation alone, without the help of the Church. Talk to a sister, brother, priest, or deacon you trust.
6. THE BLESSED MOTHER
Mary is the ultimate example of openness to the will of God. Are you open to God’s will for you? Pray three Hail Mary’s every day, specifically to know your vocation and have the courage to follow it.
Prayer for Vocations
Give us vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood,
To bring you to the very little children,
To enlighten the faith of your faithful people,
To open the Gospel to minds unaware of it,
To give your forgiveness to repentant sinners,
To celebrate without ceasing the Divine Sacrifice,
To give your Host to famished souls,
To help the dying, to console those in suffering,
To recall to mind all men that they are brothers and sisters,
To bless our homes, our livelihoods and our land,
And that amongst us your Kingdom may come.
Dear God, give us vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood.