Moreover,.he.postle gives this general advice to his disciple Timothy: “I will therefore that the younger widows should marry” 1 Timothy 5:14 . Read questions on the minds of those discerning a vocation. In the one life God gave you to live, you have one overriding purpose, to fulfil the will of God, because this is the key to your true destiny, eternal happiness. For the reasons given above we cannot accept the definition of Lessius ; “Vocation is an affection, an inward force which makes a man feel impelled to enter the religious state, or some other state of life” De state vita deligendo, n. 56. You don’t need to believe in God to choose a career or a profession. Thank you, VISION! After submitting my answers, I received information from a number of orders who were more than happy to speak with me or even to arrange a visit. Though theoretically free, the choice of a state was practically necessary : “Those who are not called”, says Scavini Theo. moral., 14th ed., I, i, n. 473, “cannot enter the religious state: those who are called must enter it; or what would be the use of the call?” The path of the evangelical counsels is in itself, open to all, and preferable for all, but without being directly or indirectly obligatory . visitAlphonsus incorrectly grounds his argument, says, on the contrary, that God often refrains from indicating any preference but that which results from the unequal excellence on honourable conditions.
I know people like to think God is a gentleman who won’t interfere with our personal decision-making, but the truth is that sometimes he graciously pesters us about a specific issue until we respond in obedience. He may want us to pursue a different vocation for the sake of the Kingdom, pull back from a toxic relationship that is hindering our growth and usefulness, or leave the comfort of our first world culture and go live amongst an unreached people group. There are times when the Holy Spirit creates restlessness in our souls, gently (but persistently) nudging us to hop aboard the will-of-God train. I have experienced this kind of holy discontentment on a few occasions in my journey with Jesus. However, what I experience more often is a fleshly, distracting, mission-abating kind of discontentment. You know, the kind that entails you moping around and obsessing about all the things or experiences you don’t have but so desperately desire. It seems like every six months or so, I begin to feel like my life is lacking and that I need to implement some circumstantial change or newness into it in order to be fulfilled. Switching vocations, moving to a different city, making more money, getting a new gadget, going to a different church, making new friends, or pursuing a new relationship status are just a few of the things I tend to entertain. None of these things are inherently bad, but when my compulsive pondering on them (and sometimes impulsive pursuit of them) is driven purely by fleshly restlessness well, that’s obviously bad. I become so obsessed with thinking about the changes I could make or the things I could get that Jesus and his Kingdom almost completely fall off my radar.
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