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  • Writer's pictureFr. Tien Cao

YOU matter to God - Everyone has a vocation.

Everything in the world is made for a purpose and that God is the reason for its existence (St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 -1274)). YOU matter to God. As Jesus explains, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?’ (Mt 6,25,26).

As a human person, everyone has a vocation or a calling in life, which can be understood as a God-given purpose or mission. The term 'vocation' has three different meanings. The first meaning is that every human being is called to be good by practicing the human virtues such as prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. This is a general call to all people, regardless of their religion or beliefs.

The second meaning of vocation is for Christians to grow in holiness by being constant in communion with God. This requires the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love. Christians are called to deepen their relationship with God and live a life of holiness and service to others.

The third meaning of vocation is specific to the Church and includes the three different vocations of priesthood, religious life, and marriage. The different meanings of vocation indicate the different priorities and paths of life that individuals may choose to follow in their relationship with God

Finally, discovering one's personal vocation is essential because it is a sign of our importance to God, who has sent us His Son to follow Him and carry out His divine plan. Your vocation is a calling from God that gives meaning and purpose to your life.

Fr. Tien Cao

The Mission of My Life

God has created me to do Him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.

I have my mission.

I may never know it in this life,

but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good; I shall do His work.

I shall be an angel of peace,

a preacher of truth in my own place,

while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.

If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.

If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.

He does nothing in vain.

He knows what He is about.

He may take away my friends.

He may throw me among strangers.

He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.

Still, He knows what He is about.

- St. Henry Newman -

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