In your reading on this subject, have you come across anything that says that some people may not have a vocation?
No. We all have a vocation to love as Christ loves us and the church provides us with specific teaching about living out that vocation according to God’s will. Why do you ask if some people might not have a vocation?
I also wondered if you were saying that consecrated non-religious life is a Vocation, too.
I am saying that consecration to Christ is one way to realize one's vocation to love. The consecration is usually formal: consecrated virgins, hermits, the members of communities such as Communion and Liberation's St. Joseph's Fraternity, etc. Both formal and less formal ways of consecrating oneself to Christ should be discussed with one's pastor and/or confessor.
And, also, from your point of view, would sickness be a valid reason to live a consecrated non-religious life?
Of course not – the only reason to consecrate oneself to Christ is in response to a specific calling that is discerned within one's immediate experience of the church – one's confessor, pastor, parish (always essential), lay movement, etc. Depending on its severity, sickness can be an impediment. It can also be part of the discernment process – many have realized that illness has limited them so much that all they could do was be consecrated to Christ and such consecration was, in fact, the realization, the living out of their vocation.
PS – I assume by "non-religious" you mean outside of a religious community/order.
PPS – I will be writing more about illness and ways of living out one's vocation and impediments and obedience and all sorts of issues related to this topic.
Reflections on loving God, being Catholic, being a woman, being ill, loving life and anything else that comes to mind.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007