A Light for Our Path


Vocation is a light for life insofar as it guides and gives direction to our decisions and behaviors. It is also a guide of what we are and what we long to be.




Vocation is not something static, situated at a certain decisive moment in our life. Vocation has been part of our life since we were born and it marks our whole existence. Even during the process of “vocational discernment”, although it may be marked by paths and options that lead us in other directions, vocation radiates and guides our steps. It is life, insofar as it presents itself as a light that points us to the path we are called to walk on, demanding a change of direction whenever we move away from it.

Jesus is the light of all peoples. And this light illuminates and shines in the midst of our anguish and difficulties. Everything seems to gain new life! However, how long does this joy last? How long does the glow of this light of joy last in our lives?

The Gospel of St. Matthew leaves no doubt as to the impact of Jesus’ coming: “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light” (Matthew 4:16). This is the certainty that leads to the proclamation of the Kingdom, allowing this light to continue to shine in the hearts of those who, through the difficulties of life, feel isolated in the darkness of sadness and loneliness.

With Jesus, the light shines in the darkness of our questions, challenging us to keep this light burning. The light of Jesus accompanies us in our day-to-day fatigues if we allow it to continue to shine in our hearts.

Vocation As Light
Vocation is the guiding light of our life. It is this call which guides us on the path and decisions we make. Why? Because vocation is not ours, it is a gift from God and, in this sense, “It is God’s light that rules with superhuman wisdom; it is God Himself who, in this unfortunate and difficult time, makes this divine work prosper amidst so many problems.” (St. Daniel Comboni, Writings, 4410).

This does not mean that vocation is an “appendix” in our lives. Rather, it is a gift, a gift offered by God which we, in total freedom, can accept or reject. However, this gift does not happen by chance! It happens because God wants us to be happy, a happiness that starts from what we are, without reducing us to something that we are not and do not want to be.

Thus, vocation is a light that makes our process of discernment, not an agonizing search, but a search of light and hope, on a path that we are certain we are not alone. This is what the disciples of John the Baptist find when they try to discern their own way, when they ask Jesus: “Teacher, where do you live?” And Jesus answers, pointing out the right path of discernment: “Come and see” (John 1, 38-39). The path of vocational discovery is made in following the light that is Jesus Himself who calls us to follow Him and to stay with Him.

Follow The Light
To follow the light is to leave our comfort zone, to set out on a path believing that we will be led on a journey that will certainly not be easy, but which leads us to the joy of the encounter with true happiness – the happiness that is the gift of God reserved for us.

No one forces us to follow the light! However, what happens when, in a dark space, a light is lit? We can turn our backs or close our eyes to that light, remaining in the same position where we were before, trying, in this case, not to move around, stay still and do nothing in order to avoid hitting something and injuring ourselves.

It is an option that leads us to take refuge in fear. On the contrary, we may dare to walk towards the light, even though we run the risk of injuring ourselves a little when we leave the place where we are.

To close our eyes to the light is to be lost in darkness, to drift without ever reaching the destination. How do we discern our call without making concrete decisions in the direction to which we think we are called to? Following the light implies taking steps: walking! It is always a dynamic attitude that implies to leave something and walk towards the light that, little by little, becomes path and life.

Vocation, as the light that is a gift of God, becomes hope and strength for a life which, too, is a gift of God. It is important to bear in mind, however, that this light shines for us, and cannot be understood as an element that goes against what we want and forces us to walk in directions contrary to what we are.

On the contrary, this is the light that guides us towards what we want to be, to what God has dreamed for us, to that which will make our existence fully happy. In God, there are no unhappy choices or major or minor choices – all are equally from God. This God who is Father and loves us unconditionally regardless of our choices and, above all, loves us with a love that sets us free, offering us the gift of vocation (gift of happiness) so that it is received and lived in full freedom.

To dare to tread a path of discovery of your call is already a step to accept to live a life in abundance. Abundance of what? Jesus does not promise us an easy life, but a life of happiness, in which He, walking with us, gives us strength in adversity and the ultimate victory of what we most long for.

Share Your Thoughts

All comments are moderated

From The Same Issue

The articles and content about this issue

From The Same Issue

The articles and content about this issue

From This Topic

The articles and content about this topic

From This Topic

The articles and content about this topic

Explore Other Topics

Browse other coverage

Explore Other Topics

Browse other coverage


Presents, discusses and draws readers to reflect on issues of outmost relevance to the world today.


Very often, mission is carried out in frontier situations around the world. Those who embrace these situations have much to share.


Writer Ilsa Reyes will be exploring the richness of Pope Francis’s latest encyclical Fratelli Tutti with a view of helping our readers to get a grasp of the this beautiful papal document.


Puts to the front committed and inspiring people around the world who embrace humanitarian and religious causes with altruism and passion.


Focus on a given theme of interest touching upon social, economic and religious issues.


As the Philippines prepares to celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Christianity. Fr. James Kroeger leads us in this series into a discovery journey of the landmark events in the history of faith in the Philippine archipelago.


Aims to nurture and inspire our hearts and minds while pondering upon timely themes.


The large archipelago of the Philippines, in its richness of peoples and cultures, offers varied and challenging situations for mission.


Reflections and vocation stories that shape up the lives of young people.


As humor and goodness of heart are qualities of Christian and missionary life, the new column “Mission is fun” will be publishing some anecdotes and stories that have happened in a missionary context to lighten up the spirits and trigger a smile in our faces.


To help readers of World Mission live this year dedicated to Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples, Tita Puangco, writer and lecturer, shares in this section insights on the spirituality of communion.


A historic view of the Catholic movements that emerged from the grassroots as an inspiration by the Holy Spirit.


On the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples, radio host and communicator Ilsa Reyes, in her monthly column, encourages Christians and people of good will to be one with their fellow people of other sects, religions and tribes.


Questions to a personality of the Church or secular world on matters of interest that touch upon the lives of people.


News from the Church, the missionary world and environment that inform and form the consciences.


A feature on environmental issues that are affecting the whole world with the view of raising awareness and prompting action.


The editor gives his personal take on a given topic related to the life of the Church, the society or the world.


A monthly column on themes touching the lives of young people in the Year of the Youth in the Philippines by radio host and communicator I lsa Reyes.


A missionary living in the Chinese world shares his life-experiences made up of challenges and joyous encounters with common people.


Life stories of people who deserve to be known for who they were, what they did and what they stood for in their journey on earth.


Stories of people whom a missionary met in his life and who were touched by Jesus in mysterious ways.


Critical reflection from a Christian perspective on current issues.


Comboni missionary Fr. Lorenzo Carraro makes a journey through history pinpointing landmark events that changed the course of humanity.


A biographical sketch of a public person, known for his/her influence in the society and in the Church, showing an exemplary commitment to the service of others.


Gives fresh, truthful, and comprehensive information on issues that are of concern to all.


A column aimed at helping the readers live their Christian mission by focusing on what is essential in life and what it entails.


Peoples, events, religion, culture and the society of Asia in focus.


The human heart always searches for greatness in God’s eyes, treading the path to the fullness of life - no matter what it takes.


The subcontinent of India with its richness and variety of cultures and religions is given center stage.


The African continent in focus where Christianity is growing the fastest in the world.


Well-known writer and public speaker, Fr. Jerry Orbos, accompanies our journey of life and faith with moments of wit and inspiration based on the biblical and human wisdom.


On the year dedicated to St. Ignatius of Loyala, Fr. Lorenzo Carraro walks us through the main themes of the Ignatian spirituality.


Fr. John Taneburgo helps us to meditate every month on each of the Seven Last Words that Jesus uttered from the cross.


In this section, Fr. Lorenzo delves into the secrets and depths of the Sacred Scriptures opening for us the treasures of the Sacred Book so that the reader may delight in the knowledge of the Word of God.


Reflections about the synodal journey on a conversational and informal style to trigger reflection and sharing about the synodal path the Church has embarked upon.

Shopping Cart