What is a vocation?

Vocation is fundamentally something personal that takes place between a person and God. It is an interior call of grace, which falls into the soul like a seed, to mature within it. The Creator has a specific task in life for each and every one of us. Each one of us is hand-picked, called by name by Him. From the homily of John Paul II on 1st June 1982, there is no one among us who does not have a divine vocation. Some are called audibly by God, but the usual kind of call is internal, through the inner working of the Spirit. A vocation consists of two internal elements: a good intention, and a firm will to make use of the means necessary to pursue that intention, the qualities and capabilities needed inorder to live the way of life one desires. The primary factor can be summed up with a single word – Love. “Love is fundamental and innate vocation of every human being,” and thus having vocation means being drawn by love and in love to commit oneself to a way of life.

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