If you had to look at some quotations about vocations, you’ll find over a million results that attempts to describe it. Various authors, philosophers and religious, have tried to describe a vocation, but they all encircle almost the same words and phrases; love, the needs of others, and life.
Love is one of the main pillars of any vocation. Saint Therese of Lisieux describes her vocation as, “..my vocation is love.” When one look deeply at this phrase, he may realise that after all, an element of love is visible in each and every vocation, whether a vocation to the priesthood, or to married life. As we find in the Gospel of John (John 15:12), Jesus urge us to “Love each other as I have loved you”. Mother Theresa, also focuses on love, as she states that, “Our vocation is the love of Jesus.”
The needs of the world, are quoted by Aristotle to be the focus of any vocation. He quotes, “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” How often do we ask ourselves, what do others need? How can I use my talents to help others? If we manage to answer these questions, we would find how we can try to make the world a better place, good deed by good deed. We aim to help others, as we are sure, through Christ’s words, that “..whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Sometimes, we are so rooted in what we want in our life, and how we want to live, that we forget what life is. As Thomas Merton states, a person would know that “.. he has found his vocation, when he stops thinking about how to live, and begins to live.” Often, we get lost in another world, forgetting the need to “land” in the actual world, and begin to live!
Finally, as St Francis De Sales quotes;
“We all have a vocation. We believe that God has placed us in this life to fill a special need that no one else can accomplish.”