Any teens discerning vocations?

I would be happy with any vocation God has for me, because I know he wouldn’t call me to something I wouldn’t do well in. :slight_smile: I’ve thought about becoming a nun, but I’d also like to get married and start a family as well. People tell me I should join the convent when I’m older, but I don’t know. I love to pray and spend time with God, but I like children as well. Either way, I’ll trust that God has a plan for me. I’ll be praying for you and all the other discerning teens here. God bless!!! :heart: :slight_smile: :heart: :slight_smile:

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I got some really good advice from a sister about that once. She said that it is perfectly normal to want to get married and want to be a nun at the same time. If you are called to be a nun, Jesus will fulfill your desires, just in a different way.

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The second one would probably work best, although the book study would be interesting to try with individual siblings. (We have some pretty young kids around so book studies don’t go so well/don’t last very long.) I heard a FOCUS talk on family discipleship, and it said the first step is getting to know them deeply and personally. I am not very good at that, though I would love to be. I think that may be what I have to focus on right now, getting the foundation of a good, deep, trusting relationship.

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Random side comment: I recently made a blog-ish website for a final project in my Theology of the Body class. It’s meant for teens to learn who they really are, their true value and dignity, in the midst of this crazy mixed up world, written by another teen. It’s not specifically Catholic since I wanted it to reach more than just the Catholic audience, but I really want other Catholic teens to know this stuff too.

There’s not too much on there yet since I just made it like this month, but I’ll share it anyway: heroicdignity.com I know it might be kinda annoying when people do this but I don’t think anyone will find it if I don’t :joy:. Feel free to share it with others if you think it might help them.

Feel free to tell me what you think, but maybe private message me or we could make another thread so we don’t spam people on here. Also, if you want to contribute to it that would be awesome, other teens’ perspectives would make it so much better.

Thanks!

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We’re in the same boat

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There’s a super good resource online that I am completely blanking on; it’s a collection of films and videos for all different ages, from children’s cartoons on St. Francis to a documentary on a Pope. Unfortunately, I do not remember for the LIFE of me what it’s called, so I’ll ask my Mom when I get back home!

Also, I’ll message you about Theology of the Body; I don’t know as much as I should but I want to know more!

All I can see here is only women that are discerning to there vocations. No male here?

I am a male discerning the priesthood! @Chistian-ity the person who started this is also a male. If you scroll up there are a lot of other dudes but they haven’t been talking much recently.

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I am also male.

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I’m a dude…

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I am at a vocation retreat right now and am praying for all of your vocations. But if you have other or more specific things to pray about, I would be happy to.

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Most orders will NOT accept someone with debt. I know of someone who was successful in doing a Go Fund Me campaign, in order to pay off of her debt. There is also a nonprofit group (The Laboure Society) whose mission is to rescues Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt thereby freeing hundreds of vocations to enter seminaries and religious communities.

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There are many vocations to consider!

I personally live the secular institute lifestyle! I’m single/never married and profess the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience while living and working in the world. (There are both male and female institutes like this.) Unlike traditional religious we keep our own money as we have to support ourselves (we do not live community life.) We work in our chosen profession but live the vowed life (and wear nothing to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the laity.

Then there are religious orders of sisters (and of course brothers/priest orders for men) who profess the vows while living community life. Those who live in community submit their will to their superior mean one’s superior decides where you will be assigned and what your ministry will be. Even if you hold a regular job while being in the order all the money is turned over to the order however the order provides for all your needs, and generally you are given a stipend. Usually about $150 a month. Mind you that you do not pay for food, utilities or rent. If interested in this lifestyle you would need to decide what kind of sister you would like to be such as working in media like the Daughter’s of St. Paul, or working among the poor like the Franciscan sisters, teaching like School Sister’s of Notre Dame, etc.

If you should decide that you are called to the married life and still drawn to our Lord more closesly you could decide on joining a group such as the Holy Family Institute founded by Blessed James Alberione. This order is open to married, and widowed individuals. The members profess vows of poverty (simplicity of life), chastity (faithfulness to spouse), and obedience (respectful submission to the Church and respectful submission to one’s spouse).
NOTE: Chastity in this vocation does not prohibit sexual relations with one’s spouse!

Then you might consider being a nun! A nun is a contemplative religious (pray for 2+ hours a day, and is generally cloistered. A cloistered nun generally never leaves the confines of the orders grounds.

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Don’t forget the third option!!!
If you feel you have a vocation to ordained ministry,
and feel called to the married life then just maybe you
are being called to become a permanent Deacon!
From my understanding to become a permanent
Deacon you must be at least 35 years of age, and if
you intend to be married you must be married BEFORE
your ordination. Your spouse must also consent to
your becoming a Deacon.

As I said, I’de be happy with anything God has in mind for me. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I love children and I love prayer, although, if I have a vocation to the religious life, I’de do much better in an active order that allows me to go out in public. :slight_smile:

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That is exactly the way I am.

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This might be out of contexts, but in terms of resources, Ipieta is a good app for them.

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Studying Theology?? Must be nice.

The advantages of being homeschooled! :grin:

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Male here.

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