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A vocation is a call from God.
At baptism, men and women respond to God's call to be disciples of Jesus and to become active members in his community, the Church, in order to continue Jesus' mission of proclaiming the Good News.
Some people experience the call to live out baptism more fully by entering a religious community.
They become attracted by a religious congregation's charism and spirit. They can see themselves undertaking the kinds of ministry in which the congregation is involved. They feel a desire to live in a particular, concrete way, the universal vocation of Christians as finds expression in a congregation.
The process of discerning God's call is an important one.
It requires a great deal of prayer, serious reflection and conversation, particularly with wise people. It also demands some form of active participation in the life of the Church, both in liturgy and service.