First off, I would like to ask for all of your prayers, so that, God-willing, I might someday be ordained to the priesthood! :)
Moving on, I'm still pretty young, only thirteen, but that doesn't limit me much.Would anyone recommend any books that could help me in discerning my vocation to the diocesan or religious priesthood? Thank you
I've been going to Spiritual Direction/Vocational Direction with my parish priest for a while and it's great...I just felt like I wanted to tell someone. :blush:
I urge you in one matter though. Discernment is about surrendering our will for God’s will. Discernment entails contemplating where God calls us to be, not were we want to be. What I’m trying to say is to be open to God’s direction, even if it is towards married life. It is crucial to not get ahead of ones self. Please do not feel, though I’m are you don’t, that you are in any way entitled to the priesthood. You are not and no one is. God loves us so much and He will not forsake us. Trust in God and yo will fulfill the mission set out for you.
As for reading material, I would suggest focusing on your schoolwork for now. Summer reading books, etc.
Though you could check out “Many Are Called” by Scott Hahn.
If you ever have any questions or just want to talk, drop me a PM.
You may certainly begin discerning at any age, although how a 13 yr old discerns will be very different from how an adult (over 18) would discern.
Begin a prayer life, say 10-15 min of prayer every day.
Attend Mass as often as possible and on Holy Days.
Be obedient to those in authority (parents, teachers)
Fulfill your daily obligations as a son and student (do your chores, do your homework)
Consider taking Spanish or Latin classes if offered in your school
Read short passages from the Bible as often as you can
Even if you discern the priesthood is not for you, following the suggestions will help form you into a wonderful Catholic man!