Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Vocations In The NCW
A vocation is a calling from God. It is a calling to holiness regardless of whether one is married, single, living a consecrated life, or ordained into the priesthood. We all have a vocation. We all have a calling from God. And we are all called to live a life of holiness. God said, "Be holy for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16).
There are four vocations in the Catholic Church: a married life, a single life, a consecrated life, and the life of an ordained priest.
Married couples are to live a Christian marriage and open to life. They are to put Christ in the center of their marriage and live a life of faithful vow to their spouse. Husbands and wives share a self-giving, love-giving, and life-giving relationship with each other and are committed to helping their spouse grow into Christian maturity. They are also open to life.
Those who are single are also called by God to holiness. A single person comes to believe that remaining single is the true and right way to faithfully live his or her baptismal call by embracing the gift of celibacy while living alone, with family members or with others who are also single. They are able to devote more time and energy in service of the Church in various ways. In the Way, some of these single folks become itinerants, spreading the Good News throughout the world.
Some have been called to live a consecrated life. Religious priests, brothers and sisters (nuns) are called to serve in areas such as education, health care, parish, youth ministry, aged care, pastoral ministry, social work, or even missionaries.
Those who are called by God to be ordained priests are also called to live a life of holiness. These are the vocations in the Catholic Church. Each vocation is a calling from God to live a life of holiness.
All members of the Way have a Catechist, who act as their spiritual director. It is in our walk that we strive to answer God's call to holiness. It is in our spiritual walk in the Way that we strive to live out the vocation that we all have been called for by God. To live a life of holiness so that we truly become sons and daughters of God. In each vocation, the person lives a life of faith and prayer to continually grow closer in a relationship with God. Each vocation is equal in the sense that no vocation is better or less than any other. Because God calls you to a particular vocation - whether marriage, priesthood, religious life, or single life - that vocation is the best one for you.
The Neocatechumenal Way has inspired many vocations. Some have chosen marriage and a family. However, some of these married couples have also chosen to become mission families, serving the church as a family in mission. Some girls in our communities have also been inspired to join the monastery while young boys were inspired to become priests. Some of the single members have also chosen to live a life as an itinerant, doing mission work.