I do have this feeling or wanting inside of me to serve the people as a priest.
It all started about four years ago when I was going away for college. I got this sense to go to Mass at the Newman Center at the university. Before going to college, going to Mass and being involved in the church wasn't the routine at home. But when I went away to college I got this feeling that I must become closer to the church. Since I was away from home I thought to myself, "After high school, you can finally make your own decisions and life choices," and that motto sent me to attend Mass every Sunday. It soon began to grow and I fell in love with the Mass.
Fast forward four years later, as I got more involved with the church at my university, it was my last year and graduation time was around the corner. It was 2011 and I will never forget that year. I had such a horrible year. Three family deaths within a couple of months, my dad walked out on the family and my grandma was diagnosed with acute leukemia. It was tough and needed some spiritual guidance. So one day I decided to stop by the local parish and check if the priest was available. When I arrived he was sitting on the bench waiting for an appointment. I had been there numerous times, and had never seen him there, this time was different. This was no accident.
So we talk for about 30 mins. and we schedule an appointment just to talk about the situations in my life and how to cope with them. One thing he told me, that will forever stay with me is, "We were supposed to meet each other here. In life there are no accidents."
So at our meeting a few weeks later, we discuss everything that has happened. I also mention that for the past year or so, the thought of becoming a priest has popped in my head. Even before all this had happened, I had considered how wonderful it would be bring people to Christ.
The conversation ended and a few weeks later, the priest I spoke to tells me that he spoke to the vocations director about me and that I might have some interest in the priesthood. I did go to one meeting with other guys who also had that potential interest in the priesthood.
Since then, I couldn't make the other monthly meetings because of work but still have the thought of becoming a priest. I'm currently in RCIA classes and will receive the sacrament of Confirmation and First Communion in May. I'm really excited and looking to what God has in store for me.
I just have this certain pull towards the Mass and the crucified Jesus. I can't see myself not going to Mass on Sundays and worshiping Christ in the Eucharist. Helping others get closer to Christ is another quality I posses. Again, like the priest said, "There are no accidents in life," could this be a turn of events God had in store for me to become closer to the Church as a priest or am I reading too much into it.
It was that one day and that exact time me and the priest met that I disclosed my interest in the priesthood. If I wouldn't have gone through tough times, I never would have met with the priest. Again, could this possibly be God's will at work here nudging me to become a priest or not.
I will greatly appreciate all replies. Thanks and God Bless. :D