I read here a lot, but don’t post often… but I am hoping that people here will weigh in on a question which has been troubling me.
I have a 7yo son who, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, will invariably give one of two answers: either a priest, or one other specific secular career. Only those two, for at least the last 3 years. We go to daily Mass at his request. Both the priests in our parish have expressed the belief that he will be called to the priesthood. But, this is still a little boy! He hasn’t even made his first Communion yet (this spring.) How can anyone know what path God has planned for him?
We are encouraged to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, and I do. My question is, though, whether it is right to pray specifically for a vocation to the priesthood for my son. I feel like maybe I ought to, on the one hand (I should mention that I think his personality and temperament are well suited to parish priesthood.) On the other hand, I think that it is not my right to request this for him. There is no greater honor, but no greater challenge either (lifelong celibacy!) I believe that if it is God’s will that he become a priest, then he will. If it is not, no amount of prayers will make it so, and I do not in any way wish to create an environment where he will feel that he is disappointing his father and me if he does not have this calling. I should also mention that we will support him EITHER way.
For now, I have resisted the urge to pray for this specific vocation, and instead I pray that God give us the grace to raise a man of character who will discern God’s will for his life and follow it.