IS JESUS CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIM ?
...AS A DEACON...AS A PRIEST...AS A BROTHER...AS A SISTER...
"And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (St Matthew 4: 19)
Could I Have A Vocation...
In simple words, yes, we all do. God has a role for each of us in His kingdom.
But, how can I be sure that God is calling me to a life of professional commitment to His people through ministry in the Church?
Some people can enter a church and feel suddenly at peace. Some are taken by the beauty of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or another liturgical service. Some feel a passion for proclaiming God's Word and for teaching. Some see the suffering or need in their brothers and sisters and want to help - not just with the immediate need but with God's eternal love. Others look to the holy example of the Saints and modern heroes, who espouse and live according to God's Word, and seek to follow that example.
Yes, each person has a role in God's Kingdom. The role is clearest when we listen to God's plan for us. When we wipe away the facades and the pretenses, and stand before God as the people we really are. When we do this we can say to the Lord - "Here am I, for Thou didst call me." We are then ready to strive to meet that calling with all our energy, freely giving of ourselves and our talents in the process.
Giving ourselves to God does not necessarily require us to commit to the life of a Priest or Deacon or to the Religious Life. It does require that we give ourselves to God fully in each thing we do. It requires us to see Christ in all of our brothers and sisters - especially in those where it is most difficult to find Him.
If you have undertaken and committed to a process of striving to follow God's will in everything you do, and have done so for quite a while, you may be at the right moment in your life - a moment in which God is clearly calling you to investigate making a full time commitment to Him as a Priest, as a Deacon, as a Religious Brother or as a Religious Sister.
A commitment at this level is filled with rewards, the greatest of which is serving the Lord. At the same time there are necessary sacrifices. As with any vocation the rewards and sacrifices are in balance as long as the individual taking them on is in balance. In the ministry and in Religious Life, this balance is aided by God's gift of Grace imparted at ordination and at Religious Profession.