[quote="GGalindez, post:1, topic:319307"]
I mean to go to a spiritual director about this but I wanted to ask your opinions first. :)
I'm 23 years old, a practicing Catholic and I believe I may have multiple callings which quite simply scares me. I know I shouldn't be scared because everything is possible with God but hey I'm human.
Now, I've been accepted into medical school and I begin this August. I believe I'm meant to be an MD and that I'm called to it. The other calling I'm not exactly sure what it is but I know its there and that it does have to do with Priesthood or brotherhood. Why would I have these two callings its quite perplexing and I don't understand what use my Medical Degree would be as a priest or brother.
All in all I feel called equally to both things, and I am quite sure both are there. Its like an itch or a tickle telling me "Hey don't make any plans after you finish studying medicine because someone else has something planned for you". I hope I'm not wasting my time studying medicine.
I'm glad I got that off my chest it feels good to write it down. All opinions are welcome and thank you for reading.
Speak to your spiritual director is the best way to discern. Your director knows your spiritual life intimately usually and is in the very best position to give you spiritual advice.If you dont already have a spiritual director, it is probably unlikely you will get firm advice on a first appointment - but then again, you could depending on what takes place when you meet with a director.
My tuppence: I think it probably is tricky to anyone but your director and it is a very sensitive spiritual issue being a potential call to priesthood and/or religious life. He/she could advise you to finish medicine and then see where you are - or the advice could be not to delay a call to the priesthood or religious life. I couldn't say.
If it is the latter, it might well be that the vocations director of priesthood or religious life might advise you to finish medicine. This would mean lay celibacy or the 'single state' as your vocation until you finish medicine which is a number of years. But start with your own director who would be in a position to discern all the factors which could point to either medicine or priesthood/religious life as the next step for you.
The lay celibate state in secular life (what we call "the single life") is the state in life that does remain open to further call from God, whatever this might be. Although such a further call does not always occur.
It is not unusual that a potential call to priesthood and/or religious life is a matter of being rather afraid. What a director will discern is if there is a very real attraction to one of these vocations despite quite human fears - and attraction to the life is the first of the basic signs of a vocation. At this point, your attraction is to medicine - the other as yet is not clear to you.
I would think that a medical degree might be of great value in the priesthood and religious life. But this would be up to the vocations director of the religious orangization (diocesan or religious life) where you apply, if you should apply.