Thought this might be an interesting thread. Just share your story on why you believe you have a calling. Primarily this is for the Priesthood and Religious life, but if you have a vocation to the single life or married life share that too! Just share the kind of thing you would tell a vocations director or your family. Hopefully we can have some insight and look at how the hand of the Lord works in our lives.
Since I was a child I can remember wanting to be a Priest, as cliché as that sounds. Obviously at the time I didn’t know what it meant or the difference between a diocesan priest or a religious but I think there was something in me that wanted to serve God fully. I had forgotten about the vocation – or rather, pushed it aside – until about 18 months ago when I could no longer ignore the pushing and prodding by God. So I have considered it seriously for about 12-18 months, praying about it and reading and learning and living my life in the meantime. In the past 3 months or so I felt a greater push towards the religious life in a community, and this is where my heart has been fervently leading me. I have decided, at the very least, to say “Yes” to Christ, and to see what He wants from me.
As for why I believe I have a vocation; that is harder to answer. I believe I have one because I believe it is what God wants from me. In reading the scriptures, especially the words of Christ, I can’t see any other way for me to live my life. Christ commands us to take up our Cross and follow Him – and I would like to do that, and to share in His suffering, and of course in His joy. The lives of the Saints (particularly St.Augustine, St.Benedict, St.Josemaria Escriva and St.Aquinas) inspire me, and I realize that if they can live as saints in the world, God willing, I can too. What struck me particularly when reading St.Augustine is the now famous “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you”. I can relate to this, as I become increasingly unfulfilled by a secular and worldly life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my life or find happiness in it; rather, that I feel as if the world – try as I might – draws me away from unity and peace with God. I want to challenge myself, physically, mentally and spiritually. I want to work for God, for His greater glory, and for the salvation of others. In an increasingly post-religious world I feel more drawn to the austere life – and a life that is a witness to Christ in a special way. I also feel that our Church needs more orthodox, God serving religious communities.
Lastly, I think that this is my path to salvation, and that through this I can pray for others so that more may be saved through Christ.
This is pretty much the same thing I sent to the Abbott of the community I am discerning. It's simple and not too eloquent, because in some sense I can't describe in words how it is that I feel I am called. It's more than a feeling or an emotion. I wouldn't know what to call it. It's nothing just something I want, it's something God wants for me too. I'm hoping others can chime in so I can find the words :D