This week at Camp Catholic we are looking at how to identify your vocation and live it out in your daily life.

To start us off, watch this video playlist featuring stories of people whose vocations are an expression of their Catholic faith--priest, religious sister, seminarian, young adult leader and more.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, living in human society helps us to both discover our vocations and to see how our vocations can be used to bring those around us closer to God.

"A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them. As an assembly that is at once visible and spiritual, a society endures through time: it gathers up the past and prepares for the future. By means of society, each person is established as an "heir" and receives certain "talents" that enrich their identity and whose fruits they must develop."

So how do you go about discerning your vocation? We asked several young adult leaders engaged in youth, young adult and campus ministry for their best advice.

 

Vocation Vocabulary

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Vocation Vocabulary

What is the difference between a sister and a nun?

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Difference between nuns and sisters

 

When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him. 
On the way they entered a Samaritan village 
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. 
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
"Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?" 
Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go." 
Jesus answered him,
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."

And to another he said, "Follow me." 
But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." 
But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead. 
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 
And another said, "I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home." 
To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:51-62

Now it's your turn to think about your own vocation.

Send us a photo that demonstrates how you are living out your vocation or proclaiming the kingdom of God to the world. It can be as simple as a photo of your family, your job, a service project, involvement in your parish or school, or anything else that gives you a sense of fulfillment in living out God's plan for your life.

Send your photo to socialmedia@catholicextension.org and post it on social media using the hashtag #CampCatholic. We will share your responses on our social media channels.

Here's a sample social media post you could include with your photo:

My vocation is _______. What's yours? #CampCatholic

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Illustrations by Karen Zainal



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