Dream, believe, achieve: Is God calling you?
Blessed Charles de Foucauld: “God calls all the souls he has created to love him with their whole being, here and thereafter, which means that he calls all of them to holiness, to perfection, to a close following of him and obedience to his will. But he does not ask all people to show their love by the same works, to climb to heaven by the same ladder, to achieve goodness in the same way. What sort of work, then, must I do? Which is my road to heaven? In what kind of life am I to sanctify myself?”
The fundamental vocation of every human being is to love because every person has been created out of love. This is not obvious to everyone. Many people believe that human life is an accident, a chance product of evolution, a meaningless event in a vast mechanical universe. God made us so that we could know his love and share it with others. So whatever you feel about your own worth, never doubt that your life has a meaning. Every person is precious in the eyes of the Lord.
Vocation is also a call to a concrete state of life: often the word ‘vocation’ would have been used to describe the life of sisters and priests. But today, the word is rightly used of marriage, permanent deaconate, consecrated and single life.