Alright, a little background. I fell in love with my Catholic faith my Junior year, and have been devout since. At first, I always felt marriage was my vocation. But one night, as I read the Bible, I started thinking “you know, I could see myself studying the Bible as a career, as a priest.”
I quickly pushed this thought out of my mind. You see, my parents haven’t always been that keen on the idea. They would certainly let me be a priest if they knew that’s what would make me happy, but they also believe that priests should not be required to be celibate, that they should be allowed to have wives. They also can get paranoid about priests. Every time I mention that I am talking to one, the first question they ask is “Was he telling you to be a priest??”
I know that ultimately, they just don’t want me head diving into the seminary without some thought, and I think they also want grandchildren someday too. The thing is, I don’t know where I stand.
I love theology, I am a great public speaker (I once came up and delivered a speech on prayer to a large crowd at a conference in under a few minutes, and it was met with excellent reception), and most of all, I love helping people. However, I often look at faith filled families, and fancy the idea of serving a wife and our family together in the love of Christ.
I won’t be going into the seminary if I decide to until I am out of college. (I’m a freshman in college now). I know that for most people, it’s not like you can find out overnight. But, would you guys have any advice on discerning?