It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a person is called to by God.
There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than of society, or the Superego, or Self-Interest.
By and large a good rule for finding out is this: The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work that you need most to do and that the world most needs to have done.
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Frederich Buechner, Wishful Thinking — Courtesy of the Faith and Politics Institute.
How do we point our toes in the direction of God’s call. Buechner suggests that the “numbing forces” that keep us off the correct path are the voices of society, ego, and self interest. Where can we go to hear God?
It is said the once their was once “ A silence so profound that it can be heard.”
Mother Teresa said, “ We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”
In Lent we seek a quiet moment daily to meditate and pray. We become immersed in God. Soon however we will arise and begin our journey to that place where “deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” If we remember our Lenten exercise and silence the voices of ego, society and self-interest nothing will ever be the same again. Everything will be different, and no fear or earthly desire will be great enough to overcome the transforming power of God.