True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.” -St. John Paul II

Hands of Homeless Man Receiving Bowl of Soup --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Hands of Homeless Man Receiving Bowl of Soup — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

A Vocation is a response to the love of Christ – a way of giving yourself back to Him. While this is expressed in prayer, it should also lead to giving yourself away in service of the Church and the world.

SERVICE is the responding to Christ’s call to love our neighbors “as ourselves”. It is reaching out to others and sharing the great love that He has shown you. Whether in small ways or in larger ways, every act of service done for love is a way of expressing the face of Christ. Blessed Mother Theresa said that not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.

Even as prayer is primary in your discernment, service is no less important. When you give of your time and energy to witness to Christ, you come to understand His great love for others and to also know more deeply the meaning of life. Love is about making a gift of yourself. Your Vocation is about making a gift of yourself forever in love. Concretely taking steps to serve Christ, even in small ways, will aid you in discovering where He has called you to serve in your Vocation. Hopefully you will also see how much joy is to be found in giving yourself away to others!

One practical way to serve is to get involved at your local parish. Teaching CCD, helping with a parish outreach, or assisting your pastor in other ways allows you to discern concretely the way that you are called to serve the Church in your Vocation.

Here are other opportunities to serve in the Archdiocese of Baltimore with Catholic Charities:

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