A Gift for You
Learn to Discern God’s Call
five paths toward religious life
In the 2,000-year history of the church, no one ever came to a vocation without someone to lead them to Christ.
If you’ve recognized yourself on one of these five paths, the next step is talking with a friend, a trusted spiritual guide, or a vocation minister. Trust the movement of God’s spirit within you and do not be afraid.
How do you know if God is calling you?
That’s simple. God is calling you. The question is not if. It is “to what?”
joy and wholeness
The path toward joy and wholeness
She will be a woman with a discerning, passionate, and joyful heart . . . capable of making a permanent commitment . . . single and willing to live a vow of celibacy.
The path toward gratitude and prayer
She recognizes the presence of God in life, in good times and bad, and reflects on God’s activity in her life. She prays regularly, attends Mass and is comfortable sharing her faith with others. She reads, studies, and prays with scripture.
gratitude and prayer
trust and hospitality
The path toward trust and hospitality
She has relational and interpersonal skills. She enjoys other people, has good self-esteem, is able to trust and be trusted, expresses gratitude openly, is sensitive to the needs of others, and respects their dignity in responding to those needs. She exhibits hospitality, empathy, and compassionate concern.
The path toward friendship and curiosity
Her communication skills are evident. She listens well and is able to express her ideas clearly. She helps others recognize their strengths and gifts and encourages them to use them. She respects and appreciates others’ opinions about life and faith.
friendship and curiosity
responsibility & creativity
The path toward responsibility and creativity
She exhibits personal responsibility. She enjoys doing a full day’s work, is able to spend time alone, knows how to set and keep personal boundaries, shows creativity in thought, word, and action.