So, it's been about 3 years since I've had a genuine calling to the priesthood. Those who answered some of my questions on this forum a while ago may remember.
Anyway, I decided that if I were enter the priesthood, I would prefer it be with the Dominican Order. I start my senior year in college late this August, so I have at the very least one school year left.
Now, here's my problem, and I'm really ashamed of it. Every time I study history or theology (I'm getting my BA in history; I'm a medievalist by heart), and study the origins of the Dominican Order, I can't help but feel competition towards the Franciscan Order. They more or less have the same reasons for developing - the Albigensian heresy in 12th century France. And, at least initially, the Franciscan Order had more success, especially with regards to canon law. The two orders were great rivals in many other things too, such as in the University of Paris.
I'm not saying I despise the Franciscans, by any means. I want to emphasize that. But I can't help but feel like I should compete in favor of my Dominicans against the Franciscans. Think of it as my Yankees against the Red Sox. Simple competition.
However, I think this is still silly...and I feel I'm rambling on right now. :o
EDIT: This feeling of competition doesn't really apply to the Jesuits, however. I think it's because the Franciscans and Dominicans had such intimate relations for such a longer period of time.