Discernment in Prayer: Vocation – Br. David Vryhof


What is it and do I have one?

Another word for vocation is calling, and every person has one. Each of us has a purpose for being in the world that relates to the purposes of God. We often think of vocation too narrowly, imagining that only those called to ordained ministry in the Church have a vocation from God. In truth, everyone has a vocation, some particular work that God is calling them to do. A vocation could be any work or service we do that furthers God’s work of helping, healing, reconciling and restoring the created order.

Not only does every person have a calling from God, in fact, most of us have several callings! For example, one person may be called to be a teacher and a parent and a member of a political party and a member of a parish church who visits the sick and advocates for the homeless. And this person may experience in each of these things a sense of vocation. Your particular vocation can be carried out only by you. It is unique to you; no one else can do it quite the way that you can. Thus your vocation will always be rooted in who you are; it will reflect your gifts, your temperament, your personality, your interests. Resist the temptation to compare yourself with others and find a vocation that fits you. Better yet, discover the vocation that is already calling out from within you.

Next week we’ll talk more specifically about how you discern the vocation God is calling you to.


  1. elizabeth hiatt on October 10, 2012 at 17:18

    I love the way we get messages just when we need them. 🙂

  2. Molly Payne-Hardin on December 29, 2010 at 11:39

    Thank you for this series, Brother David. In recent years, I am sensing a desire for a more overtly spiritual vocation. I find this series very helpful in my personal discernment. Again, thank you! Molly in Florida

  3. TJHostomsky on October 22, 2010 at 15:55

    Definitely interested in your weekend. In Fla presently taking care of Mother, so not sure I can make it. Would like to visit at some point, however.

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