Happiness and Your Vocation

God's vocational call requires a response. You can assent to God’s calling, or you can reject it.

Our first human parents, Adam and Eve, decided to reject God’s plan for their lives, and so they fell.

Mary is the greatest example of Vocation, because she embraced fully in a singular way God’s plan for her life.


Embracing your vocation is a gift of self. Embracing your vocation is a recognition that God has given you your life, and a donation back to him of what he first gave you.


In fact, we can never find true happiness in our lives unless we embrace what it is that God is calling us to do - we can never be truly happy unless we embrace our vocation.


The Second Vatican Council stated that man “cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” (Gaudium et Spes, 24)


Saint John Paul II repeated this theme in his official writing. He stated that the gift of self is in fact a gift of love. “Love causes man to find fulfilment through the sincere gift of self.”
(Letter to Families, 11)


In his letter on the dignity of women he says “Being a person means striving towards self-realization … which can only be achieved ‘through a sincere gift of self’. The model for this interpretation of the person is God himself as Trinity, as a communion of Persons. To say that man is created in the image and likeness of God means that man is called to exist ‘for’ others, to become a gift.”

(Mulieris Dignitatem, 7)


John Paul II appeals to the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, showing how she discovers who she is at every level of her being – she discovers the meaning of her humanity - by giving it to God, by embracing her vocation.


“The Evangelist puts on Mary's lips after the Annunciation, during her visit to Elizabeth: ‘He who is mighty has done great things for me’ (Lk 1:49). These words certainly refer to the conception of her Son, who is the ‘Son of the Most High’ (Lk 1:32), the "holy one" of God; but they can also signify the discovery of her own feminine humanity. He ‘has done great things for me’: this is the discovery of all the richness and personal resources of femininity, all the eternal originality of the ‘woman’, just as God wanted her to be, a person for her own sake, who discovers herself ‘by means of a sincere gift of self’.” (Mulieris Dignitatem, 11)

"We can never be truly happy unless we embrace our vocation."