Te karanga - Vocation
Listening to the Call of God
Vocations are about celebrating and using our different gifts, talents in order to live and proclaim the Joy of the Gospel.
Pope Francis shares that "the Lord gives each of us a vocation, a challenge to discover the talents and abilities we possess and to put them at the service of others." He further encourages us to "join in prayer and ask the Lord to help us discover his plan of love for our lives, and to grant us the courage to walk in the path that, from the beginning, he has chosen for each of us."
People of God from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland share their reflections on their response to God's call.
For Catholics marriage is a Christian vocation. The Church teaches that the couple’s relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution. In addition to these things, marriage involves a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build, with the help of God, a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of love and life. In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis writes:
Marriage is a vocation, in as much as it is a response to a specific call to experience conjugal love as an imperfect sign of the love between Christ and the Church. Consequently, the decision to marry and to have a family ought to be the fruit of a process of vocational discernment (no. 72).