Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey
With all the talk on this blog about vocations and discernment, you may enjoy a video by Fr Mike Schmitz who provides a little different explanation of the 3 (yes, three) vocations that every person on earth has.
Years ago when our generation was coming of age, a vocation meant religious life, married or single. A vocation to religious life was always referred to as a “calling”. I never heard of marriage or single life as being a “calling”. The inference was that marriage was a choice and single life was a default. The idea of choosing a single state in life for a specific purpose was unheard of.
The universal call to holiness was a major concept to come out of Vatican 2. It is too bad that this news and its’ application to everyday life took decades to get to the people. I am glad that young people are hearing this information now, but for those of us who grew up with out it, it is nothing short of revolutionary. It is a realistic prescription to make you into a saint.
Fr. Mike gives a clear explanation about how all 3 of your vocations come together for you to become the saint God wants you to be.
Fr Mike Schmitz, Director of Youth and Young Adult ministry in Duluth, Minnesota is also the chaplain at the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. You can listen to his archived and current homilies HERE or find him on Youtube with both short and long presentations.
Please know that the authors of the blog pray everyday for all parents of discerning sons and daughters to find peace and understanding.