States in Life

The first responsibility in this is to determine to what state in life that God is calling us: marriage; holy orders; consecrated/religious life; or life in the world as a single man or woman. Once we know the state to which we have been called we must cooperate with God’s grace and answer God’s Call.

Marriage

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (CCC 1601)

Marriage is a real vocation with its own special dignity and important place in the life of the Church. It is from marriage that new life is formed in the sacred union between husband and wife, and family life is the situation in which faith is nurtured and values formed, which help the spread of the Gospel.


Holy Orders

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: Episcopate, Presbyterate, and Diaconate.”(CCC 1536)

The call to enter Holy Orders is a call to complete surrender in love to God for the glory of His Name and the sake of His people. Priests and deacons, together with their bishops, administer the sacraments of the Church and pastor the flock, ensuring the peace and unity of the whole Church by the grace of God.


Religious or Consecrated Life

“The state of life which is constituted by the profession of the evangelical counsels, which while not entering into the hierarchical structure of the Church, belongs undeniably to the Church, belongs undeniably to her life and holiness.” (CCC 914)

Consisting of eremitic life, Consecrated Virgins and Widows, Religious life, Secular Institutes, and Societies of Apostolic Life, the call to the consecrated life is an expression of a deep desire for union with God in a life of prayer, community living and service of the Church.