Mary received her vocation from the lips of an angel.
The angel does not enter our room visibly,
but God has a plan for each of us,
He calls each one of us by name.
Our task is to learn how to listen,
to perceive His call,
to be courageous
and faithful in following Him.
Pope Benedict XVI
What is a vocation?
A vocation very often manifests itself by a desire for, or an attraction to, God and a desire to live more closely with Him, even to the extent of giving up our present way of life and embarking on a way of life, FOR LOVE OF HIM, which may appear strange/foolish/difficult/ impossible/completely irrational by ordinary human standards.
The question of vocation usually arises when a person has reached a certain degree of basic maturity in living the Christian life, though there can be exceptions to this. Each vocation is unique.
It can be an attraction to a certain way of life as lived in a particular religious Order or Congregation, or a desire to imitate the life of Jesus, or some saint or holy person, or to dedicate oneself to a certain apostolate or good work.
There are certain basic requirements for living a consecrated life in religion and these would have to be present:
- You should be a practising Catholic and prayer should be an important factor in your life.
- A basic level of education and spiritual, mental and emotional health.
- You should have good physical health, sufficient to enable you to do a normal day’s work.
- An ability to live the kind of life you are attracted to.
- Aged between 20 and 40 years of age.
- Are you able, without too much difficulty to get on with the people in your life?
- Do you have friends? Of both sexes?