We often hear people say, "Ay, wala akong bokasyon. Hindi ako para dyan." (Ah, I don't have vocation. I'm not cut out for that.) This stems from the mistaken notion that vocation takes only one form or way of life. Vocation is usually associated with the call to religious life or priesthood. But everyone by virtue of baptism, says St. John Eudes, is called to a life of holiness. Everyone is called by God to be active players in the covenant sealed by the blood of Christ.
Responding to God's call to holiness or wholeness of life takes different forms depending on the gifts God has given each one, and the needs and signs of the times. Vocation is for all at personal and communal level.
At personal level, we are to respond to God with how we live our lives. The life we have is God's gift to us, what we do with our lives is our own humble gift to the Lord. Basically the personal response may take any of the following forms:
- Marriage: where you may decide to live your life in Christ through a loving relationship with the girl in a committed, Christian way, and later on with the family you will raise with her.
- Consecrated Life: where you may choose to give yourself to God in service to others by being a priest, a religious brother, or a consecrated lay man. Those who opt to become a priest will need to discern whether he is call to be a diocesan, religious or SAL priest.
- Single Blessedness: where you may decide to stay a single lay man, but committed nonetheless to God in your work and apostolate.