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Old Feb 2, '05, 9:27 pm
ridesawhitehors ridesawhitehors is offline
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Default Re: Talking to my family about my Vocation?

Joseph ~

I don't know much about the religious life or discerning vocations. But I know loads about dealing with parents.
Honoring your parents as God commands us, does not mean that they always have to agree with what we do. You can honor them even if they don't agree with your vocation.... for the time being.

Maybe your devotion is unsettling to your father. Perhaps you are a mirror to his life of faith, and perhaps you becoming a priest or religious scares him a little, or makes him feel uneasy about his own faith? Just thoughts.

I think that you need to continue to talk to other religious about this specific question. But I would hate to think that you would not become a priest because your family is discouraging. They can change!

I will say a prayer for you.

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Old Feb 3, '05, 9:03 am
cestusdei cestusdei is offline
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My parents were not at all thrilled when I became Catholic or went into the priesthood. Actually they were not happy before that when I became a Protestant minister! It took time. Eventually when they saw I was happy and doing well they decided it was okay. There is no easy way to deal with this. Simply follow your vocational discernment and do what God calls you to do. Pray about it. Get good spiritual direction. And be patient. Give it lot's of time and they will come around. Do not be afraid.
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