What Is a Religious Vocation?

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., the founder of the Institute on Religious Life, summarized it this way:

“A religious vocation is a special grace that God gives to certain persons, calling them to a life of the evangelical counsels.”

While he stressed the fact that vocations are a special grace or gift from God, Fr. Hardon pointed out three typical features of a vocation to the religious life: (a) a strong faith in the Catholic Church and her teaching, shown by a firm loyalty to the Vicar of Christ; (b) a love of prayer, or at least the capacity for developing a desire for prayer; and (c) a readiness to give oneself to a life of sacrifice in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
For the full text of Fr. Hardon’s insights on this subject, click here. And be sure to check out other of his meditations that are archived at the IRL site.

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