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Searching Sarah wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am 36 years old and I always assumed I would have a future husband and kids. It now seems God is trying to show me a different path but I can't tell what that path is.

I have been praying but get no answer and am left feeling alone. Nothing seems to work. I don't know what God wants me to do.

  • Has any one got any ideas that would help?

Sarah

  { Does anyone have any idea what vocational path God is calling me to? }

Mike replied:

Hi Sarah,

Here is my two cents.

When talking to my niece and nephews, I always try to set a good moral example but tell them a vocation comes from within.

No one can tell another person what his or her vocation is. Sometimes it takes a while but it will come from within with continued prayer.

The only thing I tell them about life, in general, is:

If you are not a leader, by default you are a follower.

The idea is to encourage them to lead, not only in their vocation but also by their Catholic Christian morals. This is a little difficult seeing their mother isn't the most religious person I know.

I would:

  • Continue to prayer. (I recommend praying the Rosary.)
  • Get involved in church ministries whether you are a Catholic or non-Catholic Christian
  • Find out which ministries you enjoy and which you don’t.
    This is a great way to meet new friends and contacts too.
  • Find more social ways to meet new people in a Christian setting.
    You may meet Mr. Right, if you feel called to the married life.

Hey, look at what age Abraham and Sarah were when they had their first child!
I keep reminding my girlfriend of this but she just does the Sarah thing and laugh. : )

By your question, it appears you have no interest in the religious life but that’s fine.

Finally, whether you are a Catholic or not, I would find a Catholic Adoration Chapel in your area and spend an hour with the Lord.

After a few minutes there, Ask Him! Try this prayer:

I know Lord that you created me for a specific purpose in life but I am having a hard time discerning that purpose. Based on my aptitude and abilities, what I would like doing and not like doing, please show me, in your Divine Providence, how you want me to serve you both:

  • In the Church and
  • Outside the Church in a secular vocation.

Amen.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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