So this last weekend, 11 men including myself went to Major Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for a discernment weekend. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Anyone who is discerning the priesthood, I would highly recommend going to a discernment weekend.
Ours went from Thursday evening (6:30 pm) until Sunday at about noon. We had a holy hours on thursday evening and friday morning, along with general congregating with seminarians every night at 9 pm in the in-building pub. We also prayed the liturgy of the hours with seminarians, and also were able to sit in on a class and have a few talks from priests and seminarians about seminary life and discernment in general.
All-in-all, I still am taking everything in even though I have been home for 3 days now. It was awesome. I would ask that anyone who can, to pray for those discerning the priesthood, that they can hear God's call loud and clear.
One of the best things I heard this weekend was from a priest while talking about the 4 pillars of priestly formation. He talked about how those discerning the priesthood have a hard time because we constantly ask ourselves "Am I called to be a priest? Am I called to marriage? Am I called to be a priest? Am I called to marriage?" back and forth all the doo dah day. And really that isn't the way we should look at it.
We are all called to marriage. The way we are designed biologically is to be with a woman. Being called to marriage is a given. We don't need to ask that question. The question we need to ask is "Am I called to the priesthood?" Do I love Jesus enough to sacrifice myself for the sake of the kingdom of God? If the answer is that you are not called to the priesthood, then you are called to marriage. It was one of those moments that you just go "a-ha!"