[quote="CatholicIllini, post:1, topic:259341"]
There is quite a bit of background information, so bear with me:
I started actively practicing my Catholic faith three years ago while a freshman in college. I received the sacraments growing up, but my family was non-practicing. I went to CCD, but we never attended Mass, despite living next to a church. My mom is non-practicing Catholic, and my dad was brought up Protestant, but isn't religious anymore. My parents didn't have a problem with my new found faith at first, but as it blossomed they grew more hostile. They accused me of being a fanatic because I started going to weekly confession and because my mom found me reading a book on the life of Padre Pio. Early on, my mom expressed her "fear" that I would become a priest. Over the past three years my parents have become more accepting of my faith, and because of my example and encouragement, my mom recently started attending Mass. However, she still expresses her fear that I will become a priest. At Mass two weeks ago, a seminarian came and spoke about his vocation and my mom turned to me and said, "Don't get any ideas." What I didn't tell her is that I have already been discerning for 6 months and am fairly certain that God IS calling me to be a priest. I've prayed, read books, and talked to my spiritual director and all have affirmed this. I am currently in law school, which my parents are generously paying for, and I am afraid to tell them that I am giving it all up to pursue something that they disapprove of. How do I tell my parents? When should I tell them and where should I start?
Hello. I am discerning a vocation to the Religious Life as well, and I feel for you, as it is dreadfully painful to talk about it to my family. They are good practicing Catholics, but it was very hard at first. My brother wouldn't believe me since it was so dreadful a fate. In fact, when I told him, he said, and I quote, "When you told me that I had a very bad feeling in my stomach." My father was shocked, to say the least, my sister was okay but didn't really care, and my mother was okay with it, but only because she thought it was a little phase. Now, a few years later, she realized I'm completely serious and it's not a phase, since all of my other phases lasted a week or a month at the most. My mother is better about it, but she's not completely okay with it. She's a bit overly dramatic, and she thinks that she's only going to get grandchildren from my sister, whom she firmly believes is going to move far, far away, even though she's told me that she's not. She believes my brother will never get married, even though he's told me that he plans on it, and now that I've abandoned her dreams, basically, I've ruined her entire future. However, it's gotten better with everyone else. My dad is okay with it, my brother doesn't really care, and my sister is simply sick of me jumping back and forth on which order I should join. Right now the dream is to be a Dominican Priest, just to keep you updated on the daily report. :D
But anyway, my best advice is to talk to a Priest about it. Who knows, maybe he'll have had the same experience and he'll be able to tell you how he dealt with it? As long as his answer is "I ran away from home because they threatened to shoot me." his advice will be pretty good. :D