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WHAT IS A RELIGIOUS VOCATION?

A vocation is a call from God to share intimately in His inner life of love. Out of His love, the Lord has created you— and you alone— for a specific mission. Your vocation is His invitation for you to share in God’s redemptive plan as a single or married person, civilian or military, or in such a specialized role as a Catholic military priest-chaplain who is both an ordained priest and a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forces. The person in such a role is responding to a call within a call—a call to military service within a call to the priesthood.

Sometimes the pull of a vocation is strong, sometimes not. If it keeps coming back—if this call is that nagging tug on the heart—then it must be followed. You are being called by God to do something remarkable, and that call must be pursued, or you will spend the rest of your life wondering about it.

Hearing the call requires that you listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit and learn to sift God’s voice from other voices. Perhaps more so than in the past, modernity offers so many paths to follow that hearing God’s voice in the midst of all this confusion can be difficult. Discerning a priestly or religious vocation can be especially challenging when others, even those close to us, discourage us.

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” -Psalm 95

Talk to your local priest-chaplain to learn more. Or contact the AMS Director of Vocations at 202-719-3600 or email: vocations@milarch.org