Is it any difference?


Hello everyone,I posted this question in this forum but I dont know where it went,so Im posting again.

Is it any difference for a person WANTING to become a priest


a person CALLED to be a priest by God.

Also,is there a good prayer to ask God if oneself has a vocation to be a servant of the Lord.
Thank you.:)


Psalm 37
Of David.
1 [a] Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 **Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; ** do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 *But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace. *

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.

15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16 *Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked; *

17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

18** The days of the blameless are known to the LORD,
and their inheritance will endure forever. **

19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields,
they will vanish—vanish like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
*but the righteous give generously; *

22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be cut off.

23** If the LORD delights in a man's way,
he makes his steps firm;

24 though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand. **

25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.

26 **They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be blessed.

27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.

28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
They will be protected forever,
but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off;

29 the righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.

31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip. ** 32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
seeking their very lives;

33 **but the LORD will not leave them in their power
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34 Wait for the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land; ** when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,

36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
there is a future for the man of peace.

38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
the future of the wicked will be cut off.

39 **The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.**


I think that it depends upon the circumstances. While there are supernatural signs, they are almostly certainly not the norm. The story of Jonah is definitely that a calling rather than any desire. I guess that if one has some desire to do so and it is in agreement with God's will, He is probably not going to have an angel speak to you in a dream about it.


Just because we want something does not mean that God also wants it for us. The best thing to do is to present yourself to a bishop. Christ confirms vocations through the Church and only through the Church, not even through angels. This is a long-held position of the Church. She limits the authority to confirm or deny a vocation to either the priesthood or to the religious life to herself.

If you want to be a secular priest, Christ will only speak through the bishop. If you are a religious and you want to be a priest, Christ will only speak through the superior. The Church has bound this, so it can only be unbound by the Church.

The best thing for anyone to do is apply. If Christ wants it, the bishop or the religious superior whill let you know.


Br. JR, OSF :)


The reason God chooses the specific vocation for us that He does is because He knows that this vocation will fulfill us and bring us to the fullness of happiness with Him in heaven. Therefore, we never REALLY want what God does not want, although we may stubbornly think that we do.

To answer your question, there definitely is a difference between wanting a vocation and being called to a vocation. But oftentimes your own desires are your hint as to what your vocation really is. None can really persevere in the priesthood or religious life with no vocation... it takes a special calling from God. If you feel you want a certain vocation, pursue it very prayerfully until you are more certain it is God's will for you.

As far as a prayer... there are many, many, many vocational prayers out there. A single google search will probably present you with hundreds. But my prayer in my discernment has always been very simple:

"My Jesus, I love You. I offer myself and all I do to You. I desire only to please You, and to show You my love, and I beg You to help me know Your will. Have pity on my poor ignorance and faults and weakness... see I truly long to please You and help me to give You everything. Help me also to give to others, for I cannot help but love them for whom You gave Your life."

God Bless,


Thank you for your replies.I asked my local priest this question,and he said that only if one is called can be a priest.


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