What is vocation?
Pope Francis speaks of vocation in the strict sense "as a call to missionary service to others" (Christus Vivit n. 253). He reminds us that "our life on earth reaches full stature when it becomes an offering" (Christus Vivit n. 254); "I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world" (Evangelii Gaudium n. 273). The recognition of "why I was made, why I am here on earth, and what the Lord's plan is for my life" is one's vocation (Christus Vivit n. 256).
So Vocational Ministry first and foremost helps Christians, especially young people, to discover God's call to friendship with Him, because every other mission or vocation is inextricably linked to God's gratuitous love. As a result, it encourages young people to listen to God's voice and be shaped and guided by Him in order to "become what I was meant to be, faithful to my own reality" (Christus Vivit n. 256). Then it assists young people in discovering the beauty of being there for others as something that fully respects every person's most profound desire. This is most evident in the call to start a new family and work, as well as the call to the priesthood, consecrated life, marriage life, or other forms of consecration.
What is discernment?
Vocational Ministry supports young people in discovering their own vocation by fostering a climate of solitude and silence in a world that constantly bombards us with stimuli, leaving little room for interior silence.
That is why every third Saturday of the month - we offer to meet with youths from different countries! This meeting, called "Trust Group", is for people aged 18-35 years. Together we open our hearts to God's infinite Love, we grow in trusting in the Lord, in oneself, in others, we discover God's will in our life! "Come and see"!
The responsible persons for Vocational Ministry are Apostolic Oblates Rita and Liliane of Pro Sanctitate (one of Latvia's Catholic organizations).