God the Father loves you. You are His beloved son or daughter, and He is calling you to a life of total happiness through His Son, Jesus. This is our vocation: a call to free, total, faithful, and fruitful intimacy with Christ in the Church.
In the simplest terms, “vocation” means a “call.” In general terms your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. Everyone is called to know, love and serve God in this life, in order to be happy with him forever in heaven. Yet each one does this in a particular state of life: Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony, Religious life, or the Single Life.
Ultimately discovering your vocation is a decision made through prayer, but also requires one make an informed decision, including advice from trusted friends, family and spiritual leaders.
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Diocesan priests are called to act in the person of Christ throughout the Diocese, preaching, teaching, and celebrating the sacraments. They baptize children and adults, visit the sick and imprisoned, bury the dead, teach the faith, celebrate weddings, forgive sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and celebrate Mass.
Some men and women experience a deep desire to follow Christ more closely, with a distinctive spirituality and form of service. These consecrate their lives to Jesus through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in a particular religious family, such as Dominicans, Benedictines, Franciscans, or Carmelites.
The state of life to which most people are called is the married life. In Holy Matrimony, the natural human love between a man and a woman is taken up into God's own love. Husband and wife love each other with the love of God Himself, and receive the strength to guide each other and their children to a life of holiness.
Similar to those who live the Religious Life, those called to the single life share in the mission of the Church through a life of joyful friendship in this world. By their manner of life, they are living signs of the new world which has already begun.
Part of each person's vocation is to help others discern theirs. There are many ways that individuals and groups can help promote a culture of discernment in the Diocese of Spokane.
Find many resources to help you discover God's plan for your own life, and also to help you promote a culture of discernment in the Diocese of Spokane.