Here you will find books, articles, and documents from the Catholic
Church on the vocation of marriage, on religious vocation, and on
vocation to the priesthood, as well as several articles on vocation in
general and vocation to the single life (as distinct from religious
life in the strict sense).
Vocation, Holiness, and Discernment
- Spiritual Life: Seven Principles of
the Spiritual Life by Fr. Thomas Bolin, O.S.B.
the Perfection of the Spiritual Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
Three Ages of the Interior Life by Reginald Garrgiou-Lagrange, O.P.
- Confidence: The Only Worship
by Fr. Faber
God's Will for You
by St. Francis de Sales - a popular book consisting of a translation of
the writing of St. Francis on the discernment of God's will in the
concrete situation of our life.
- Helping Vocations: Confession and Vocations
- by Fr. John Hardon
- The Eucharist
and Vocations - by Fr. John Hardon
- Inspirational Quotes by
various authors: St. Clement, St. Augustine, St. Therese of Lisieux,
Bl. Mother Teresa, Cardinal Newman, etc.
- Ignatian Discernment: The
Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Guide for Everyday Life and Spiritual
Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for Greater Discernment by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV,
are two highly rated books on spiritual discernment in the tradition of
St. Ignatius Loyola.
by Peter Kreeft - an article on Christian discernment in general - not
only discernment of something such as the choice of a state of life,
but also discernment of a job, of when or where to take a vacation,
whether to homeschool one's children,
- Christian life: Happy
Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom
by Thomas Dubay. This book, written for all Christians (not just for
those discerning a religious vocation!) seeks
to present the Gospel challenge simply and directly to Christian men
and women, and thus help them to live their Christian vocation.
Vocation to States of Life
- The Teaching of the
About Vocation - a brief summary of the Catholic Church's teaching
on vocation, with quotations from the saints and popes.
- Vocations by Rev.
S.J. This work, first published in the beginning of the
nineteenth century, is still popular today - Download
You Are Christ's: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life
by Thomas Dubay. One of the best books written in our time on the
Christian meaning of virginity and celibacy. Highly recommended for
anyone discerning a vocation to religious life, the priesthood, or
another state of consecrated celibacy or virginity.
your vocation - by Fr. William Most
- Do I have a vocation?
by Fr. Ludovic-Marie Barrielle
a Vocation: A Roman Catholic Explanation of the Teachings of Jesus
Christ by unknown author
- Vocations Explained: Matrimony,
Virginity, The religious state, and the priesthood by a
of Christian Life and Vocation, According to the Doctors and
Theologians of the Church by Jean-Baptiste Berthier (at
- What is a vocation
- The traditional Catholic understanding of a religious vocation
- Pope John Paul II on vocation
- an examination of vocation centered on love and dialogue with Christ.
- St. Thomas
Aquinas's explanation of what a vocation is - a short article on
the teaching of Aquinas on vocation to love, to religious life, and to
vocation of a Catholic teacher by William E. May - what does it
mean to call teaching a vocation? What is a teacher's vocation?
State of Life
- By Hans Urs Von Balthasar - A large and mostly theologically oriented
work, which begins with a beautiful treatment of love in itself, then
contiues with a consideration of the original state, of Christ's state,
and the various states of Christian life (lay state, religious state,
and priesthood). The concluding section is on the call or vocation
- The Church and the Laity by Michael Bossy. Looks at the teaching of Vatican II on the vocation of the laity in Christ and in the Church.
- Paths of Love: The
Discernment of Vocation According to Aquinas, Ignatius, and Pope John
by Joseph Bolin - This book examines
how the universal call to love
shows itself as a call to a concrete way of life, such as marriage,
priesthood, or religious life. Examining seveal different approaches to
vocation, it aims to show the fundamental nature and beauty of
vocation. Summary - Read Online
Fathers and Doctors on Religious Vocation - texts from St. John
Chrysostom, Ignatius Loyola, Alphonsus de Liguori, Therese of Lisieux,
Pope John Paul II, and others.
- Aquinas on
- Texts of Aquinas from the Summa Theologiae and from his writing
directed against those who hinder people from entering religious life.
by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. A relatively simple explanation of
religious vocation that draws much upon the teaching of St. Thomas
Aquinas - Quotes from the
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- In Thy Courts - A work on
by Louis Vignat, S.J. - A simple, short and refreshing work on
- Why Not a
Religious Vocation by an unknown author - a very brief article
presenting the invitation to the religious life
- The Call of God: Sermon
on religious vocations by Fr. Benedict Hughes, CMRI
- How to Know
You Have a Vocation to the Religious Life by Martin Pable, OFM Cap.
a Religious Vocation
by Davide A. Bianchini - A well written article on religious vocation,
with many spiritual quotes from the saints and a number of very
practical suggestions. (at the site www.religious-vocation.com)
- Religious Orders
and Communities for Women - Religious Orders and Communities
for Men - links to their websites
Vocation to the Priesthood
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