[quote="turtle18, post:6, topic:337370"]
Your vocation is to the ordained life, consecrated life, or to the laity-within the laity you have marriage and single people.
An avocation is your specific calling to a specific work.
They are not the same thing.
Here is a good illustration about vocations:
The base of the tree reprents our baptismal vocation and then it branches off to three parts-the ordained, the laity and the consecrated. Then more branches within each of these specific catgeories. These vocations all produce fruit. At the top of the tree is an avocation-your job in life. There is usually nothing stopping you to an avocation no matter what your vocation is. For example, your avocation could be a nurse, but you could still be called into one of the three vocations of being ordrained (unless you are a woman), being part of the laity or being consecrated.
Okay - this makes sense to me :)
The question came up during a discussion with someone whom I feel is definitely in the "spot" God created her to fill - a very difficult job working with extremely challenging children that she has the ability to handle with ease, knowledge, and truly heartfelt love in situations where that would be the furthest thing from most of our minds. It occurred to me that there should be some sort of description for this kind of "perfect profession" and the word vocation came to mind, but it didn't seem to quite fit because she is, of course, called to her "other" vocation of married life as well.