I am somewhat shy by nature, so this always just gets me. I am discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and realize that if I could somehow get over the hump of getting one, my spiritual life would be greatly enhanced, and I could probably be aided in my discernment.
I just don't know how it's supposed to go. I mean, I'm hardly going to go up to someone I barely know and start spilling out my life to him. I know he's a priest and that it would be safe and all, but that's not the way I work, I guess. Is that the way I need to work, or what? I read a bit on a website that was given to another person asking about spiritual direction, and that St. Teresa of Avila seems to be a good authority on the matter. Perhaps I'll look into reading more of her stuff.
Let's see if I can come up with more specific questions, since I haven't really asked many.
1) Very simply, I know that I guess the quickest way to get over it would be to just go up to a priest and ask if we can talk...perhaps that would get things going. Do you think this is the best way to get over the nervousness of it, to just go up and start talking?
2) What are some things you recommend I do to get over this nervousness of talking about your personal life? I have actually like, never talked about my personal life with anyone face to face. I have gotten closer with a couple people these past couple years that I've shared a few smaller things with, but that's about it. And I knew/know those people pretty well before I told them those things.
OK, that wasn't much better. But if anyone has anything at all to say about those questions or anything to do with actually talking to a spiritual director, I'd really appreciate it.
*Overall, the problem seems to be me telling the SD certain things about myself, and I guess that's just something I have to get over...can you tell I'm not a face-to-face confession type?? ;)