As the priest continued with his topic, I began to feel more and more excluded, since I don't fit into any of his five boxes. The five boxes include Marriage, which I don't think of particularly in terms of vocation, since I am aware that I have always had a vocation (authentic spirituality and connection); Priesthood (male); Religious Life (female or male); Permanent Deacon (male); or Single Life.
See what I mean?
Again, there is nothing particularly wrong with or surprising about this view of Christian Vocation. It's just very limiting and exclusive. It boxes out more Children of God than it boxes in. That's troublesome.
It doesn't include or even mention other possibilities.
So, the real problem is in the way we view vocation, and the way it's presented. (There's no real excitement or meaningful value placed on my vocation from a "religious" point of view. Yet, God and I and some people who know me are very excited about my vocation.) If we're going to teach the concept of call or vocation to youngsters, or to anyone for that matter, we need to express excitement about other possible unique callings, as well--to urge others to discover what they love, and to support them in fulfilling the design God has in mind for each of their lives. When they discover and live out their vocation as artist, or farmer, or cook, or fire fighter, or computer geek, or musician, our response should be astonishment and joy-- as much astonishment and joy as when they respond to a call to the priesthood, or religious life.
Each of us, regardless of our vocation, is meant to experience that "aha moment" when the Spirit leaps within and confirms, I Was Made For This!