[quote="MarianD, post:1, topic:212936"]
All my life, I've always wanted to be a politician. Ever since I could remember.
Then, when I converted to Catholicism, I had a quick flash of the thought I would never ever think in my life: "Become a priest"
I laughed it off. I want a wife and children. I want to be a politician.
Then, I received a Miraculous Medal I ordered in the mail (see my thread in Spirituality to see how to order a free one if you need it). I put it on, and the thought of becoming a priest came back stronger than ever. It's been torturing me, in a sense, ever since.
I want to be a priest, I want to be a Bishop, and a Cardinal. I want to lead others in the Faith and let my theological ideas be presented before all Catholics. But I want a family, and I want to be a politician.
I'm sure many of you have had similar experiences. What do I do here?
I agree with the advice of discussing this with your parish priest or another priest you may know better, and/or contacting the diocese about your possible vocation.
I think that we each have that desire to pass things on, and in our society that is most commonly accomplished by marrying and starting a family. If God is calling you to the priesthood, you will be able to pass things along, you will have a "family;" it's just that it will be different from the common view of these things.
Additionally, with your love for politics, as a priest it is unlikely that you would become a politician, but you can use your love for dealing with political issues to good effect in the priesthood.
Check out Father Barron, Fr Pavone, and others to see what can be done. In the Catholic news forum, there is mention of a Fransican friar who is also a doctor who has just been appointed to a federal panel on bioethics, as another example of someone in the religious life doing other things as well.