As Catholics we believe that our lives are not a meaningless drift through the universe for a few moments in time. Created by God in love, we are each called to a unique vocation, a destiny that has its beginnings in this world but which will only be fully revealed in heaven. We believe that we enter into this flow of divine life by seeking what is the will of God for us, not only in the primary vocation of our lives, but also in the events of every day.
Some believe that they are not called to married life or religious life or priesthood, but their lives are not defined by what they are not. Rather these people know that God has called them to give themselves fully to love and serve in the family and community in which they find themselves. At times, they may take up a further commitment of time or energy in the parish or in missionary work. Often unheralded, they can commit richly to the lives of those round them.
God calls some people to follow him in religious life as either a priest, brother or sister. Usually taking the vows of Poverty, Celibacy and Obedience, these people live in some form of community that follows the inspiration of the founder of their group. Religious life is remarkably diverse in the Church. There are those called to live intense lives of service in the community and those called to live hidden lives of prayer, and in-between an amazing variety of forms and style of religious life.
If you are considering Religious Life, you might like to visit the Vocations Website of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.View Website
The giving and receiving in love that is at the centre of marriage is seen in the Church as one of the primary revelations of God’s love in our world. The intensity of the bond between a man and a woman is so strong that the Christian tradition has held that they have become one flesh. This union is so rich and holy that it is a revelation of the intensity of God’s love and a sign and symbol of the divine love for humanity. Lived out in the challenges and demands of ordinary life together, the couple discovers its particular intensity in the rearing of children.
For those considering marriage within the Catholic Church, there are preparations offered not only for the Wedding Service but also for living the practical and spiritual dimensions of life together in Christ.
The role of priests is to make Christ present to people in all situations of life. This life of service is usually structured around serving the people in the Sacraments, in pastoral care and in a life of prayer. From the intensity of their relationship with Christ, the ordained seek to reveal the face of Christ to the community in which they serve.
If you are looking for more information about vocation or want to discern your own vocation please contact our Diocesan Vocations Director:
0433 897 973 firstname.lastname@example.org
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.
-Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman