- Do I have vocation?
- How does God call?
- Who discerns?
- What do I have to discern?
- I know I am not called, when…
- Am I called to religious life?
- Am I called to be a Dominican?
- Am I called to be an ordained minister?
- Am I called to be a missionary?
- I am contemplating my vocation to the Order…
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Do I have vocation?
- Do I understand what God’s call is?
- Have I found my place in the Church and in the world?
- Are there any false assumptions I have about how God has called and keeps calling?
How does God call?
- What do I do with my life?
- How much insight do I have into my needs, my tendencies and impulses?
- How much time do I spend to search within me the real drives of my life?
- Do I find the environment to be able to listen to God’s promptings?
- Do I create the attitude and practice of silence and contemplative prayer to facilitate the listening to God’s call?
- Am I ready to let others be part of my discernment process or do I think this is something between God and myself alone?
- Am I willing to volunteer necessary information about myself to help others help me?
- Am I ready to, at least, consider the clues of discernment that others may offer me?
- Am I ready to speak about myself to the discerning community?
What do I have to discern?
- What style of life am I fit for?
- What are my personal inclinations? Are these only personal likings or are they contributions I can make to the church and the world?
- Do I picture myself in this kind of life? Does this kind of life present itself as something attractive to me?
- What are the most urgent needs of my world today?
- What aspects of these needs touch my life in a special way?
- Is there something the Church should do about it? What is it?
I know I am not called, when…
- Do I think God is forcing me to follow this particular path?
- Are my parents encouraging me to do something I would not do without their encouragement? Do I feel I have to satisfy their desires for me?
- Do I want to become like someone I met who made a great impact in my life?
- What is the real motivation for my vocation?
- What are my expectations if I were to join this or that religious congregation?
Am I called to religious life?
- Do you think that your life could find fulfillment when you submit your will to a superior as the representative of a community?
- Do you think you can commit yourself to a simple or even lacking style of life in solidarity with the local poor?
- Can you live in committed celibacy, making of your relationship with God your free, faithful, total, and fruitful choice with undivided heart, rather than devoting yourself to a spouse?
- Can you commit yourself to a life in a community that you haven’t chosen, and be ready to work for it, support it and put your community before your personal interests and friends?
Am I called to be a Dominican?
- Do you believe that preaching can make a difference in people’s lives and be a true and necessary service to the world and the church?
- In you pastoral experience, do you feel attracted to the ministry of the word and preaching?
- Do you have a desire and passion for truth?
- Is study for you a struggle or a passion? Can you spend hours at your desk trying to understand better something you found confusing?
- Are you cut out to live in community and ready to belong to the Order as one belongs to his family?
- Are you a good communicator? Do you notice that people understand what you mean and even listen to you with ease and interest?
Am I called to be an ordained minister?
Exercising the office of Christ, the Shepherd and Head, and according to their share of his authority, priests, in the name of the bishop, gather the family of God together as a brotherhood enlivened by one spirit… For the exercise of this ministry, as for the other priestly duties, spiritual power is conferred upon them for the building up of the Church. In building up of the Church, priests must treat all with exceptional kindness in imitation of the Lord. They should act toward men, not as seeking to please them, but in accord with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. They should teach them and admonish them as beloved sons… Priests therefore, as educators in the faith, must see to it either by themselves or through others that the faithful are led individually in the Holy Spirit to a development of their own vocation according to the Gospel, to a sincere and practical charity, and to that freedom with which Christ has made us free. Ceremonies however beautiful, or associations however flourishing, will be of little value if they are not directed toward the education of men to Christian maturity. In furthering this, priests should help men to see what is required and what is God’s will in the important and unimportant events of life. “
(Presbyterorum Ordinis, # 6)
- Do you have a love for the Word of God? Are you trying understand it better? Do you have a frequent habit of reading the Scripture?
- Do you have an inclination to know and teach more about your faith?
- Do you see yourself celebrating the Eucharist and breaking the bread for the Christian community?
- Do you understand the celebration of the sacraments as the work of Christ to sustain the “fullness of life” of the faithful?
- What is the characteristic of the priesthood that attracts you most? his authority? his being popular? his humble apostolic zeal? his quiet service? his freedom from responsibilities? his freedom to be at the service of all?
Am I called to be a missionary?
- Do you like to “give a reason for your hope”, to share the experience and joy of your faith with people who haven’t even heard of it?
- Are you adaptable to other kinds of climates, environments, foods and countries?
- Is learning languages an obstacle for you?
- Are you comfortable with an austere way of life?
- Can you accept without prejudices people of different culture, customs and ways of life?
- Can you learn to love those who are from a different culture even when you do not understand them?
I am contemplating my vocation to the Dominican Order…
- Contact us
- Please contact our Vocation Promoters all around the world and make an appointment to visit us.
- Tell us who you are. Write a short biography about family and upbringing, your relationships with family and friends. Please also give us an account of your professional history. The biography should not be less than four pages long, but the more you write, the better we will be able to know you and help you in your discernment process.
David Garcia, Vocation, https://dominicansingapore.wordpress.com/vocation/ [accessed 11 March, 2016]