[quote="ATeutonicKnight, post:17, topic:270051"]
I'm sorry, but did you just say there is no wrong way to go about a Vocation? So, with that, I should assume there's no wrong way to go about getting a spouse? That, by instead of going to Catholic youth groups and colleges, and finding a good, dependable, spiritual Catholic woman, I can instead go to bars and have premarital relations with strange women until I find one I like? Your philosophy is against Church teaching. Of course there's a wrong way to go about discerning a Vocation. Here is why I disagree with those that say to go to college, date, get a job, and "live life" first:
Imagine, you're a young man who's just been told by his Spiritual director to go to college and date. By the time you're out of college, you have a great girlfriend that you want to marry, and a great job opportunity: You have it all. And yet, there is some yearning to go join a Religious Order. See a problem yet? You're going to fight this feeling with everything you've got. And what you've got is a perfect life set up for you. Many Vocations, while people still have them, are denied because of such instances.
For more information, please read these links by Father David Mary of the Franciscan Brothers Minor, a great visionary for today's society: franciscanbrothersminor.com/FBM/Discernment_Part_X_-_Age_Discrimination.html franciscanbrothersminor.com/FBM/Discernment_Part_VIII.html franciscanbrothersminor.com/FBM/Discernment_Part_II.html
I think you've misunderstood what I meant. What I meant is that there's no one path to discernment. You said that someone else's path was wrong and I was making the point that you cannot make that judgement. For some people, going to college or working is a necessary part of discernment. Do not presume that you have all the answers.
I also resent you accusing me of going against Catholic teaching. That is unfair and completely untrue.