I just read a quiote from st. alphonsis shich seems to imply that choosing the wrong vocation could mean risking our eternal salvation?
“Look upon choosing a state of life, in accordance with the will of God, as your greatest concern, since your eternal salvation depends on the choice that you make. Let the grace of knowing your vocation and of faithfully corresponding to it be an intention in your exercises of piety—prayers, Communions, etc.”
well I have a problem, I don’t feel called to marriage or the religious life. I’m not eligible to be a consecrated virgin
but I don’t know if my motivation is selfish, I just don’t have that great affinity for kids that a lot of people have. I don’t dislike them; but I usually prefer and work a lot better with seniors. and I simply really have no desire to date a guy and all that sort of thing
I also have nothing against religious life but I feel more called to stay in the world to e a witness. but maybe I’m just selfish and don’t want to give things up? or I still want to be close to friends and family? also, I’m not really a big fan of community living, to be honest. plus, I don’t know if orders will even accept people with disabilities ordinarily.
are there any other options? is a secular institute considered a vocation? do those require community living too? I don’t think just remaining single is technically considered a vocation? I think you can also make private vows of some kind also but not really sure how that works
I do plan to speak to a priest about it, just wondering if you guys had any thoughts