I won’t go into a long story here but one way or another, I may be discerning the diaconate. For some time, I had a deep sense I may have been called to the priesthood but “missed” it. As a married man, I struggled with this, in prayer and every time someone asked me if I considered seminary, etc. It began three years ago, when I “reverted” and has never subsided.
Recently, after meeting with a deacon I know, I had to step back and consider if I could be called to a different ministry and just not seen it. This deacon was the third (priest or deacon) in the past 12 months to take me aside and ask: “Have you ever considered you might be called to the diaconate?” If you’re reading this now and saying, 'Well duh! God does speak through others," I understand. I am thick-headed.
I read like crazy but I haven’t seen any good books about the diaconate. Could someone suggest some for me? Also, if anyone would be willing to share his vocation testimony, I would really appreciate it.
I will continue to pray about this. Please pray for me.
Thank you and have a blessed weekend!