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When God calls someone, it is called a vocation. The word comes from the word “to call.”

A vocation, then, is a gift from God. It is not something the person creates, nor is it something another person gives to someone else. It is from God!

But God does work through others so it may be that a priest, a friend or a Capuchin might be the instrument God uses to awaken the vocation in a person.

And God never calls someone to a life that will not make that person fulfilled and happy in a way totally suited to that person’s personality and gifts.

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S CALL

We believe that God will, sooner or later, make you hear His call. Some hear it early, some later in life. For some it is more clear, for others it takes many turns and travels in life to hear it. Still, when we do hear it, we must respond!

Here are some suggestions how to respond :

PRAY – ask God to make His will known to you. Thank God for showing you His will. Thank God that you have a vocation and a purpose in life. Ask God to give you the grace to obey His call and start taking concrete steps to fulfill that call.

LEARN – read up on the community or life you think you are called to. Look on the Internet. Read the life of the saint that founded the community, or books on the community or members of it.

TALK – make contact with a Vocation Director. Meet him and start the process of discerning your vocation more clearly.



IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A VOCATION TO THE CAPUCHINS, CONTACT THE VOCATION DIRECTOR

On Guam, contact Fr. George Maddock
Phone : 671-472-6339
Fax : 671-472-3335
Mail : 135 Chalan Kapuchino
Agana Heights, Guam 96910
Email info@thepacificaps.org

In Hawaii, contact Fr. Paulo Kosaka
Phone : 808-455-3012
Fax : 808-456-9443
Mail : 1525 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Email bbubblesbe@yahoo.com

IT DOESN’T HURT TO TALK ABOUT IT!


 

SIGNS OF A VOCATION

ATTRACTION – does the life I am thinking about appeal to me? Can I imagine myself living that life with a lot of happiness and fulfillment? Does thinking about the life fill me with enthusiasm and excitement? Do I believe in my guts that the life is a noble and worthwhile contribution to the church and to the world?

MOTIVATION – am I interested in joining this community for the right reasons? Some of the right reasons would be : to serve God and others, to grow in my faith and personal relationship with God, to be molded by the give-and-take of community life. Some wrong motivations would be : to escape my loneliness, to rebound from failed relationships, to obtain status, to be materially secure. It is possible that a person has a genuine vocation with all the right reasons but has some wrong reasons attached. If the person is truly open to conversion, the grace of God and the guidance of his formators, these inappropriate motivations can be purified.

FITNESS – do I possess the personal skills needed to live this life happily? Can I live the celibate life with no romantic relationships? Can I live in community, with other people who are different from me? Can I live a disciplined life, with schedules and expectations and accountability? Do I have basic health of mind and body? Am I a person of prayer? Do I have the humility and docility to accept guidance, direction, correction? Am I open to God’s will as presented to me through my superiors and my community? Can I do all of the above in a cheerful and generous way?

 

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