In last week’s article I wrote about our dignity of human persons being created by God, in his image and likeness, a little less than angels, and above all the animals, having an immortal and eternal soul. In this week’s article I want to explain why God created us. What is our true vocation? When we talk of vocation we often think of priesthood, or marriage, or the religious life, or even living as a single person. I believe that all of us are called to a vocation and that one is not better than another. The best vocation is the one God has called you to.
In terms of the dignity of the human person, the vocation that all of us are called to is the vocation of beatitude. Beatitude may be defined as utmost bliss or happiness. So, when we ask why God made us, the answer is that he made us for happiness. If I might be so bold, I would say that God created the whole universe and all that is in it for the happiness of mankind. We are to find joy in all that God has created. The things of this world are not evil, but are intended to bring us joy and happiness by providing for our needs and desires. The things of this world are signs that point to immense love that God has for his children.
Yet the things of this world do not bring us to the ultimate happiness that God created us for. Ultimate joy and happiness can only be found in God. The Baltimore Catechism tells us that this happiness can only be had when we know, love, and serve God. It goes on to say that this utmost bliss is eternal. I like to think of my life in this world as an appetizer for the next world where I will be with God forever. An appetizer is not meant to fill you up, but prepare you for the main entree. Appetizers are a little satisfying, but the entree is really why we are dining.
My hope is that all of us will enjoy the main entree in the constant presence of God, the one who created us for ultimate happiness with him. That is our true vocation.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.