Most of us immediately think of priesthood or religious life when we hear the word “vocation” yes – these are vocations, but did you know that marriage is as well vocation comes from the latin word vocare, which means “to call” marriage is a calling that originates not from hormones or fear of loneliness but from god. An exclusive and lifelong union through marriage, a husband and wife give themselves to each other without reservation, promising to love each other freely, truly, faithfully and fruitfully for the rest of their lives, sharing their joys and sufferings in whatever circumstances life brings them they express their love through their. By david c ford, mary ford, rev dr philip lemasters, philip mamalakis, and alf kentigern siewers “the sacred nature of the god-established union and its lofty spiritual content explain the apostle's affirmation in heb 13:4 that is why the orthodox church condemned any defilement of its purity (eph. Therefore, priesthood and religious life, which fit that description, are properly called vocations the others are not christian matrimony is a good thing it is a holy thing, so holy, in fact, that the union is effected by a sacrament but it is not a vocation in the strict and proper sense because marriage is the.
The catechism of the catholic church states: “the intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator and endowed by god with its own proper laws god is the author of marriage the vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came. Discerning a vocation to the married life consists of several steps interestingly enough, the first step is to consider whether god might be calling you to the religious life there exists a logical “order of operations,” that simplifies the discernment process immensely if we follow it it calls for giving god a chance, the first. “i promise”: the vocation and sacrament of marriage “since god created man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which god loves [all people] it is good, very good, in the creator's eyes and this love which god blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the.
Marriage in the order of creation 1603 the intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws god himself is the author of marriage87 the vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they. In the catholic tradition, most discussion about vocations tends to be focussed on priests, brothers or nuns it is commonly thought that the path to holiness is via poverty, chastity and obedience as for those who get married, they should worry about the ordinary, messy stuff of life such as earning money,.
When the catholic church teaches that marriage is a christian vocation it is saying that the couple's relationship is more than simply their choice to enter a union which is a social and legal institution in addition to these things, marriage involves a call from god and a response from two people who promise to build, with the. The church has always praised marriage and seen it as a great good but speaking about marriage as a vocation is a recent development in the total christian culture of a previous era, marriage was what normal people did and in the sacrament of marriage grace built on nature the notion that god calls.
Marriage and family life is a vocation of service god calls you to serve your spouse and your children so that all of you can grow in holiness together here are five practical ways that you can serve each other in your own household and grow in holiness as a couple and as a family 1) pray and read the bible together. Explore a vocation to married life find resources about marriage in the catholic church and how to discern god's calling in your life. The catholic church views marriage as a great gift from god which as a sacrament both points to, and makes present god's radical love christ's vision of marriage is one of vocation it is a call from god which is mean to be lived for the sanctification of the spouses and the whole community this view of marriage is.
Like all vocations, christian marriage is not an easy way of life, rather, it is a long path toward sanctification this is because all vocations are an invitation to discipleship, to take up our cross and follow christ on the cross christ showed us that love seeks to give even when it hurts love demands self-sacrifice married. Married couples from the parishes of the cathedral of st raphael and st patrick church in dubuque, iowa discuss their vocation to marriage. Married life in a catholic context, marriage is more than falling in love and living happily ever after the church teaches that married life is total, free, faithful and fruitful this means that the couple commit the whole of themselves, without pressures or coercion, to the other person only, with openness to childbirth marriage.
St john paul ii, whose great feast we celebrate today, has set a spotlight on the vocation of married love more than any other pope in history he taught in his catechesis on human love, the theology of the body, that marriage and celibacy “ are neither opposed to each other, nor do they divide the human. Called to be is a series of blog posts on the vocation of marriage, written by melanie jean juneau our guest blogger – who is is the administrator of the association of catholic women bloggers, editor in chief for catholic stand, and regularly posts on joy of nine9 – shares with us her story and reflections. What comes to mind when you think of a vocation how about vocation in the context of a marriage if you are like most people, and especially if you happen to share my status as a member of the catholic church, you probably think of a priest (or possibly a nun) when you add marriage into the mix, your thoughts may shift. Fr jim mckeon, parish priest of st john's narraweena, is heading to america to take up studies in his other role as vocations director fr jim has truly strengthened our parish and school at st john's his energetic spirit has flowed throughout the community and many people are now involved in wonderful ministries and.