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How would you distinguish “Vocations” from “Missions”?

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This is our topic in our recent Legion of Mary meeting. Our spiritual director stated that Vocation is your sacred identity from God.

You can either be a priest, a brother, a consecrated single person or you can enter into a marriage vocation. Each of these vocations requires a “vow” and a sacrament.

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What about those single individuals who are living “single-blessedness”?

It seems that they are floating around without any defined identity from God? Did God intend “single, unmarried” people to just live without any Divine purpose?

Quite hard and controversial questions.

In my sphere, I have many relatives who are unmarried but very Catholic. In the Philippines, there is a growing number of women who are becoming “old maids” because of the ratio of men over women tipping in the men’s favor.

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But, it makes sense that these single people must find their sacred identity from God. They must discern what is the Divine Purpose of their state of life.

I would imagine that these single people where taking care of their immediate family by working for them. They might also spend a considerable time taking care of a sick family member. There might be many personal reasons and we cannot rush into judgment about their state of life.

But, what if they remained single because of a past “wound” that wouldn’t heal? It could be from a relationship that did not blossom. It could also be because they are looking forward meeting a future spouse. And, they are waiting and waiting…

What do they do in the process?

They probably make themselves busy by working all the time. They probably are very lonely.

What prevents them from consecrating their “virginity” to God? or their single life in the service of God?

Are they confusing “their earthly missions” and their “vocations” as the same thing?


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There is a difference.

A mission is your external purpose. It does not give you your internal identity in the eyes of God. You might have a mission to take care of your parents when they were sick and this is the reason one must have forgone marriage. But, after your mission is done, you are set for another mission in life. It never ends.

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But, your vocation is how God is calling you. Are you being called to be a priest, a religious brother or sister, a nun, a deacon, or a lay consecrated person? Or is God calling you to live your life as a spouse to another individual in the sacrament of marriage?

If none of these vocations are in your life right now, perhaps because you are student, then your vocation at the moment is to be a student while you are discerning the vocation to which God is calling you.

But, if you are passed the age of being a student, perhaps it is about time to seek God in solitude and in a spiritual retreat to find where God is calling you.

Who are you with respect to God? This is your sacred identity. This is your vocation.


http://mrstreasures.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/vocation-news-the-vocation-of-single-blessedness/



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