There is much that can be said and shared about vocation, not only to priesthood and religious life but vocation in general, that is a response to live life according to your full potential and your desire in terms of your responding to God’s desires.

Just as a start might I suggest that if people are asking you anything about vocation you could share the following.

Read the passage of scripture from Isaiah 6:1-2A. 3-8 and from The Gospel of Luke 5:1-11.

The following then can be shared in view of the scripture readings.


(Isa) “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips…yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” “Whom shall I send?” “Here I am…send me!” (Luke) “Depart from me, Lord for I am a single man.”  Awe at the presence of God. Unequipped to do God’s work? Think again.


You and a friend are crossing a parking lot. You trip over a parking bumper, fall and smash your face. Your arm is bent at a sickening angle, with bone protruding through the skin. Someone suddenly appears next to you, bends down and touches your face and arm. Immediately, there’s no blood, and nothing broken. The person anticipates your question and says, “Who am I? I think you know” – and disappears.


What would you feel if this miracle cure happened and why? Probe more deeply than simply “amazed.”  How would you feel if, before the accident, you and your friend had been laughing about pornography, or planning to bully and unpopular classmate? Would you then understand and identify with Peter’s “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful manDo you feel called – personally – to do the Lord’s work?  If not, for God’s sake (literally), why not?


The Jewish belief that seeing God or being in God’s overwhelming presence would be fatal, somewhat like prolonged staring at the sun can kill eyesight. Erroneous extremes: a) God is so “other” as to be unapproachable. B) God is so infatuated with us that we can freely offend, ignore and disregard God  - and it won’t make any difference. The breathtaking wonder that in spite of being infinitely ‘other,” God chose to become one of us to save us from ourselves. Our baptism, like the seraph’s ember that cleansed Isaiah, has made us worthy and empowered to do God’s work. The Lord is still saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”

I hope that this will be of help to you at this particular time. I will endeavour to tease these points out in another area on our website. At the moment I’m not quite sure where but the when will be hopefully very soon.

In conclusion could I simply say

It is not a special voice but the needs and imperfections of those around us that constitute a call to God’s service.

Discerning your vocation in life will create many challenges and lead you to ask many more questions.  Explore the menu options and discover that many of your questions have been asked previously  by others.  Some of the existing questions and responses may help your personal discernment.  If not, why not ask your own question? 

To ask a question related to your personal reflection and vocational discernment, click the link below.  A response will be emailed back to you within a couple of days.  If you require to speak with someone regarding your vocational discernment contact the Catholic Vocations Office 0400 636 467.

As you reflect and discern your questions think on these words of  Robert F Kennedy

Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society.   Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.   Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.  Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. 


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