I am in discernment for the priesthood

Please pray for me as I discern whether I am called to religious life and the priesthood. I see several obstacles for this to be realized. I need God to give me direction.

Thanks and God Bless,
Michael

Love and prayers Michael! Best of luck! :signofcross:

Hi Michael, I keep you in my prayer! God bless!

You’ll be in my daily prayers, Michael. Peace!

As I pray for you, pray for my son who is in his discernment also!!! I am proud of you Mike for the huge step you are taking!!! God bless.

Lord please help Michael to discern whether or not the obstacles are indications that he is not called, or challenges to overcome. Please let love be his guide.
St Michael please pray for him

You have my prayers. I, too, am discerning a religious vocation and I know how difficult it can be at times. The world seems to work against us, but God is always for us. Remember that. :slight_smile:

Almighty Father,
You send the gift of Your Holy Spirit
for the building of Your Kingdom.
With the help of this Spirit,
give mikeledes the grace to listen to Your call in his life.
Give him strength and courage to do Your will.
Grant him wisdom and humility to choose Your way
even when he finds it most difficult.
Lord, bless all the faithful in Your Church
who are seeking holiness.
But in a special way,
watch over priests, brothers, and sisters.
Help them to give their lives in joyful service
that they may be signs of Your presence among us.
We beg you, Father,
to fill our hearts with a burning desire to follow Jesus.
May there be many,
who offer their lives for the service of Your Church,
that all may come to know and love You.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lord, please help Michael discern whether this is Your call for him. If there are obstacles, please reveal the purpose of these to him. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy Name, amen.
mlz

Praying for you, Michael …

Hail Mary,
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Michael,

Lifting you in prayer as you discern God’s plan for you and … wishing you peace through this incredible process.

God bless you,
Kathleen

“I am simply content to find myself always imperfect, and in this I find my joy. Good deeds count as nothing, if done without love” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux

Praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you.

A reading from today’s Liturgy of the Hours:

Reading A discourse on the Theophany by pseudo-Hippolytus
Water and the Spirit

That Jesus should come and be baptized by John is surely cause for amazement. To think of the infinite river that gladdens the city of God being bathed in a poor little stream; of the eternal and unfathomable fountainhead that gives life to all men being immersed in the shallow waters of this transient world!

He who fills all creation, leaving no place devoid of his presence, he who is incomprehensible to the angels and hidden from the sight of man, came to be baptized because it was his will. And behold, the heavens opened and a voice said: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.

The beloved Father begets love, and the immaterial Light generates light inaccessible. This is he who was called the son of Joseph and in his divine nature is my only Son.

This is my beloved Son. Though hungry himself, he feeds thousands; though weary, he refreshes those who labour. He has no place to lay his head yet he holds all creation in his hand. By his suffering he heals all sufferings; by receiving a blow on the cheek he gives the world its liberty; by being pierced in the side he heals the wound in Adam’s side.

And now, please pay close attention, for I want to return to that fountain of life and contemplate its healing waters as they gush out.

The Father of immortality sent his immortal Son and Word into the world, to come to us men and cleanse us with water and the Spirit. To give us a new birth that would make our bodies and souls immortal, he breathed into us the spirit of life and armed us with incorruptibility. Now if we become immortal, we shall also be divine; and if we become divine after rebirth in baptism through water and the Holy Spirit, we shall also be heirs along with Christ, after the resurrection of the dead.

So I cry out, like a herald: Let peoples of every nation come and receive the immortality that flows from baptism. This is the water that is linked to the Spirit, the water that irrigates Paradise, makes the earth fertile, gives growth to plants, and brings forth living creatures. In short, this is the water by which a man receives new birth and life, the water in which even Christ was baptized, the water into which the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove.

Whoever goes down into these waters of rebirth with faith renounces the devil and pledges himself to Christ. He repudiates the enemy and confesses that Christ is God, throws off his servitude and becomes an adopted son. He comes up from baptism resplendent as the sun and radiating purity and, above all, he comes as a son of God and a co-heir with Christ.

To him be glory and power, to him and his most holy, good and life-giving Spirit, both now and for ever. Amen.

Our Father…

I hope you become a great traditional priest!

Continued prayer for His guidance through His Holy Spirit.
In Him,
mlz

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