Monday, November 7, 2011

On Vocations

Recently I found myself reacting to some opinions about priests leaving their vocation and being laicized. It set me thinking about the meaning of vocation and I began praying about the subject. It seemed to me that the use of the word "vocation" was much too narrow in the ordinary discussions at the diocesan and parish level. The result was a series of posts that I hope others will find helpful and broaden understanding.

I am not shamelessly promoting my blog here, but I am shamelessly promoting information about what vocations are, what they are not, the meaning of vocation, and how to discern what one's vocation is. Perhaps in the following posts you might find something helpful for yourself, your kids, or a friend.

What is a Vocation?
Distinct Vocations
Vocations Are Not...
Discerning One's Vocation

I think that if people understood the meaning of vocation earlier in life, they would experience a lot fewer false starts and a lot less confusion and suffering. Plus, we all could appreciate the gifts God bestows on the world through the callings He gives to each one of us.


  1. Thank you Barbara sharing information on what vocations are and are not. I have a lot of reading to do!

    God bless

  2. This is very timely for me...thank you...there was a discussion at our parish this past Sunday about the fact that 3 of the former priests at another church in MD have left the priesthood and married. It broke my heart to hear such things...I will learn and be blessed by your post, I'm sure. Thanks again Barb.

  3. Daily Grace and Judy, thanks for your comments. It's really sad when a man leaves the priesthood. A good, holy priest I know said that this happens when a priest stops praying. He told his parents they shouldn't worry about him unless they saw him quit praying.

    I would like to see a lot more parishes get serious about all the different vocations - discussing them. It would save a lot of people from making many mistakes in their lives.

  4. Thank you Barbara! I think I will share this on the Spiritual Moms Apostolate blog. God bless.

  5. Esther, thanks so much. It should make for good discusion.