Saint Charles of Jesus
A vocation is Christ calling someone to entirely consecrate themselves to him and to give him their whole life. A vocation is discerned in prayer, through asking advice from someone consecrated and close to God, and through a personal contact with a community. God wants our happiness. Christ awaits a freely given and personal answer to his call. Jesus will never force you against your freedom. Don’t be afraid to take time to discern what His will upon you is.
"Come and see" are Christ's words to the first disciples, who ask him: "Master, where are you staying?” Discerning a vocation is a journey involving various stages: getting to know Christ, getting to know oneself, getting to know the community of Sisters and its particular charism. This process takes place through regular contact and visits to the Sisters.
My reason for speaking to you today about total dedication to God in the priesthood, in the religious life, in life as a missionary, is that Christ calls many from among you to this extraordinary adventure. He needs, and he wants to need, your persons, your intelligence, your energy, your faith, your love, your holiness.
I am telling you that love overcomes all difficulties. The true response to every vocation is the work of love. The response to the priestly, religious and missionary vocation can only spring from a deep love of Christ. He himself offers you this power of love, as a gift that is added to the gift of his call and makes your response possible. Trust in ‘him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we wish or think’ (Eph 3:20). And, if you can, give your life, with joy and without fear, to him who first gave his for you.“