In the life of each of us there exists a main calling that sets our life’s path–be it marriage, religious life, priesthood, the single life. Closely connected is how we live our life within that primary vocation, what career path we take. Calling in a more general sense of interest or hobby can be applied to activities we are drawn to participate in.
Over the course of my life I have been drawn to a number of activities in addition to my main calling. The most recent, and for a number of years now, has been photography. If we consider the activities that appeal to us, that draw us in, that make us happy and satisfied, we perhaps can see some connection with our main vocation.
We seek what gives us life, what helps us to be connected with others, what helps us to make sense of this world, what brings us to an awareness of the Spirit of God in which we live. In the end, anything that is good and beautiful and worthwhile for us is a blessing and a connection point with the Creator of all good.
St. Teresa of Avila speaks of our passions leading us to our destination. “Our passions help to lift us. I loved what I could love until I held Him, for then–all things–every world disappeared.” Simply put, God is in all things, and all of our loving endeavors will ultimately lead us to God, who will completely satisfy all our longings.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him–these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit…” (I Corinthians 2:9)
4 thoughts on “Calling”
Fr. Ron, your powers of observation are finely tuned. We should all strive to be more observant and aware.
Thanks, Lynn. I completely agree. Awareness puts us in touch with everything around us.