If you are looking for a simple definition of a vocation, the literal meaning of the word is a "call."
But a vocation is more than an ordinary call. A vocation is a call from God, and anyone who has felt God's call knows that the process is anything but simple. While most people think of a vocation as what they are called to do in life, it is important to understand that the first and most important call from God is the universal call to holiness.
Clarification - Your vocation is not the same as your career or profession. However, there is an overlap between a vocation and a profession.
Holiness - This distinction between a call to holiness and a call to a specific vocation - single person, married life, consecrated life or ordained ministry - is important.
Four Specific Vocations -We live out the invitation ‘to be holy' differently depending on which vocation we have chosen. The four specific vocations are: single life, married life, consecrated life or the ordained ministry.
Different Yet The Same -The lifestyle and demands of each particular vocation is very different, but there are some similarities between them. Each vocation is a commitment to love in a certain way.
Most of us are familiar with the vocation of priest, deacon and religious sister. However, there are other vocations and ways of living one’s spirituality that we don’t often hear about. A vocation is a special call from God, and it is certainly not a one size fits all! Take the time to pray, to listen and to find out what it is God is calling you to be. Seek the help of a spiritual advisor and learn what your options might be. This video clip discusses a few of the lesser known vocations.