What if you could discover your vocation today?

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A homily by Fr Stephen Wang about the meaning of the Christian vocations and how we discern our own vocation. Sometimes a vocation seems to grow quite naturally out of our life and our desires; but sometimes it can take us quite by surprise…

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Fr Stephen Wang is a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster. He is currently Senior University Chaplain for the Archdiocese. Some of his articles have previously been published on his personal blog, Bridges and Tangents. See: http://bridgesandtangents.wordpress.com/

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  1. mags says:

    I have come to the conclusion that we are All called to the same Vocation ~

    “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength & You must love your neighbour as yourself.” ~ Mark 12:30-31 & Matthew 22:37-40

    But each with a different ministry.

    Peter was married ~ and God still called him to be the first Papa ~ the Rock on which His Church was to be built. A Married Man. A Vocation to Love and to serve God. And a Ministry to be a bridge for others between the earth and the Heavens.

    We changed it – against Gods example/Call.

    • Alphonse Nshimiyimana says:

      God himself created us and wants that his name is known by every one through his chosen servants , that is why I feel i want to be one among those servants ,but i do not get the way i may run through ,so i need your advice

      • mags says:

        Pray – intimately with your Lord. Prayer it is the Braille of the soul where God is in direct communion with you. He who knows you intimately will reach you and inspire you – even through others.

        Learn to Love as Jesus teaches us.
        https://thewayoflovecharism.wordpress.com ~ To Love is Our One Vocation.

        Discern your ministry. Be open hearted. Use your gifts and grow by challenging your weaknesses. God will be with you where you are supporting holding cherishing you.

        Love kindly always x tenderness comes from Him and brings out His kingship and beauty in you x

    • August says:

      The Church is clear: the Universal Vocation is holiness, which is exemplified in your verse. However, we are each called to a particular vocation: that is, a particular state of life. For a Roman Catholic, one cannot be both married and a priest. That is a disciplinary decision of Rome. It is not a dogma. The Church does not see anything inherently wrong with a married man also being a priest. In fact, in the Eastern Churches (that are in communion with Rome), if a married man desires to be a priest, he may follow that call. Though, he must be married before he enters seminary (just as Peter, the first Pope, was married prior to being given his Office).

      We did not “change it” against “God’s example/Call.”

  2. mags says:

    Peter was married ~ and God Intentionally & Specifically called him to be the first Papa!

  3. mags says:

    My point is that Peter was called to a particular vocation. A particular state in life. Agreed.
    Peter was called to marriage – husband – son in law – and beyond this was called to priesthood, founding the Church of Antioch and later the church in Rome.

    He was the Rock upon which Gods Church was to be built.

    John 1:42
    ‘And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).’

    1 Corinthians 9:5
    “Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?”

    ‘That is a disciplinary decision of Rome.’ Yep.
    Maybe Rome might now better consider putting its disciplinary decision back in line with Jesus example ~ if we are to avert the biggest crisis in Christianity – due to not following His example…

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