In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about vocations, especially to the priesthood and religious life. You will also look at how to discern a vocation.
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Papal Mass said by Pope John XXIII
When we speak of someone having a “vocation” we typically are referring to someone who has become a priest or a nun. We often think of someone having a calling to the religious life, but we forget that people are also called to the married life and the single life as well. God calls everyone to do something special with their life.
The word vocation means “a calling.” In Latin, voco means “I call.” A vocation is the call from God to give our lives to Him in the manner that He sees fit.
Every single person in the world has a personal vocation. Every person needs to ask themselves what God wants them to do with their lives. This question, and the prayer that goes along with it, is called discernment. God wants us to ponder, think, pray really hard about and seriously consider what it is that He is calling us to do. We need to think about our strengths and weaknesses, our interests and passions, and then explore where and how we can best use the gifts God has given us to spread the Faith and help souls get to Heaven. We all have a personal call to holiness. God wants us to live holy lives by accepting the vocation He has in store for us.
The Church teaches that there are lots of different vocations, but the main vocations are to either give your life entirely to God through the priesthood or religious life (as a sister, nun, brother or monk), or to give your life to someone as a spouse, or to remain single and lead a holy life.
Let’s examine the four types of vocations:
The Priesthood—A Catholic priest is a man who gives his life to serve the Church. Priests are celibate and commit to lives of prayer. They preach the Gospel, give homilies, teach the Faith, provide the Sacraments, help in the community, and lead their parish. Sometimes they work in the military, hospitals, prisons or wherever they are needed.
The Religious Life—A religious priest, brother, nun or sister accept the call to poverty, chastity and obedience. They live lives of celibacy, prayer and service to others. They sometimes act as teachers, missionaries, health care providers or charity providers.
Married Life—A person who is called to the married life must make a special vow to their spouse to love them and be faithful to them for as long as they both live. Being married means being love-giving and life-giving. It means being committed to helping the spouse get to Heaven, as well as any chi... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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