What is God Calling me to?

Vocational Discernment


Working out what God dreams for you, is a wonderful adventure.

As with all adventures, the journey has different stages, and if it’s a physical journey that can also be different depending on your age and level of preparedness (or fitness!).

Since the moment you were conceived, God had a loving plan for you, just as many good parents would have, God has a dream for you… and also as many good parents would say, even if you don’t follow his dreams for you, you will still be loved unconditionally as his child.

The first part of God’s dream for you is love.  He dreams that you will be born into love, feel loved and nurtured, and eventually turn into a loving being yourself. He Calls you to Love.

As we all know, we live in a world which is wounded by sin – by imperfection and frustration… but the mystery and power of God’s action in the world means that some way, some how, God will in the end make it all right. This is what we learn from the resurrection of Jesus after he was crucified.

As we continue on this journey, we learn that God also calls us to be like his Son, Jesus. This means we are called to the same mission as Jesus – to bring about the Kingdom of God, “on earth as it is in heaven,” just as we learn in the Our Father prayer Jesus taught us.

How we bring God’s Kingdom here on earth, can then depend on more specific ways of life. Some men are called to be priests or deacons, for example. Some people too, might be called to consecrated religious life. Most of us are called to get married and start a family, or even to remain single and serve the Lord and his church in that way.

Pope Francis invites all young people, to learn how to discern what God calls them to. Discern means to prayerfully question deep inside yourself. It’s like tapping into a sense that you might not be used to using, so sometimes it can be helpful to get some help or advice on how to do this. There are many books you can buy to get you started, but if you feel you need more help, you can ask somebody who has experience in this. This might be your parish priest, or a local religious brother or nun that you might know, or you can ask around if there are any trained Spiritual Directors.  If you wish, you can ask one of the Sisters in our Book Centres for advice on this.


Why not check out our discernment blog written by a young teacher

Vocational Discernment
What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life's Big Decisions
Leonard J. DeLorenzo
[Paper Back] 02/03/2018

What if we taught young people that they can measure success by how they follow Christ rather ...

Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2006

The examen prayer is a transforming and ever-growing practice in Christian spirituality. This...

Say it to God: In Search of Prayer: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2018
Luigi Gioia
[Paper Back] 16/11/2017

In Say it to God Luigi Gioia provides a welcome encouragement to all those who feel the need to...

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours: A Personal Journey
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 01/09/2014

Father Timothy Gallagher, loved for his popular guides to Ignatian spirituality, shares in this...

Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2005

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of...

Discernment of Spirits: A Reader's Guide: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2012

This handy, easy-to-use workbook is chock-full of probing questions, real-life stories, and...

Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons
Rowan Williams
[Paper Back] 15/03/2018

In a deeply engaging exploration, Rowan Williams helps us to think about fundamental questions of...

Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2008

The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual practice - meditation and contemplation -...

An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2007

This is a book for those who desire to pray with Sacred Scripture. Following the spiritual...

Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2009

Drawing from the timeless methods of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, this thoughtful meditation is...

Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV
[Paper Back] 20/02/2007

This is the third volume in the acclaimed and best-selling Ignatian Trilogy, by international...

Merton's Palace of Nowhere - 40th Anniversary Edition
James Finley
[Paper Back] 02/12/2017

For forty years, James Finley’s Merton’s Palace of Nowhere has been the standard text...


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