The Pastoral of vocations aims at
awakening the growing vocations and helping them grow according
to the Holy spirit. It also aims at highlighting the beauty of consecration. Today, young people are seduced by God. It is up to
us to help them distinguish the Lord’s calling that bursts
out in their hearts. By witnessing the hope in us, we help them
discern the word of God that calls them.
How to help them search for their personal vocation ?The vocation is a way we discover
In order to discover one's vocation, she should get on.
getting on, she shall realize that a way is opening. This
way is not designed in advance, but it appears; it is not
the discovering of a way already made, but a way that is being
built as long as she is moving towards.
With God's help
The human is God's partake in the search of their vocation.
One can only find it, if they live in close relationship with
God by praying, listening to the word, dynamically taking
part in the Church's sacramented life.
By stepping forward
It is not enough to pray to discover the will of God. Even
though prayer is necessary, absolutely a must, it will not
cause us to take steps. Little steps, include reading a book, doing a retreat, a probationary period,
or having a spiritual consulting.
Having a spiritual guide
Following Christ is an adventure that nobody can live
alone; one should choose a sister or a brother
in the faith. This allows one to realize that every vocation
cannot be discovered and lived but in the Church.
What is to be done when a young girl entrusts us with a vocation project?
First listen well to her.
Let her express herself, express her wish and her project. Know
also that the word is not the sole mean of expression.
Let her take a first commitment
Offer her a shared place
Help her discover that her project takes root in her daily life,
in her personal history. Urge her to fully live where she is
with the others. Help her read again and periodically her personal
story as a basis in her searching.
Offer her places for meeting, a prayer group, a stay in community.
Arouse her generosity
Offer her prayer times
Offer her the opportunity, fulfill her generosity through church services,
concrete actions of solidarity and helping those around her.
Urge her to share her project with God, in prayer, silence
and in listening to the Word. These times can be lived either
individually or in group.
How to help the already heard calling be enhanced and blossomed?
Through training to prayer and sacramental life; by learning
to master oneself and open out to others.
What is to be done practically?
of many sizes, recollection of a day along with sharing
experiences, a life retreat, a possible integration into a
group of prayer or a group of biblical study.
Organize open days, festive celebrations for the high times
of liturgy (Advent, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost…).
Suggest stays in community, a skill of work
in one of our Institutions if necessary, training in pastoral commitment, a companion in order “to
read again one’s life so as to read God”.
How to distinguish a vocation to religious life?
Whatever be the way the young person approaches us, it will
be necessary to check with her and through her story, the
profile of a genuine vocation. The used criteria should correspond
to a number of rational benchmarks as well affective
In order to discern a religious vocation, one should
proceed by brushing away physical, emotional, intellectual,
moral or more specifically spiritual obstacles … that
may keep away a possible real vocation. Positively, if the
young person is moved by a divine calling, this shall emotionally
result in feelings that allow her to blossom and disclose
herself more. Joy, peace, trust and docility that she shows
are decisive proofs of a real vocation. These are the first
signs of a real calling of God.
“All done, you should say: we are useless servants” Lk17,10.