I recently got out of a pretty serious relationship (i.e., we were talking about marriage) and resolved that I should discern my vocation more carefully before going out and getting another girlfriend (the last girlfriend I had met only a little while after deciding to become a Catholic, so discernment had not really come up in my life). So recently I have been praying intently for the grace of discernment, started meeting with a spiritual director, and have struck up a correspondence with the diocesan vocations director.
Yesterday, I got to daily Mass a bit early and was praying, and afterward thinking about the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. As I sat there lost in thought, the thought presented itself very forcefully that I could imagine myself becoming a saint as a priest, but not as a husband and father. It was very strange because it was unprompted and automatic, and it was so forceful that it actually dispelled my train of thought. If it hadn’t been in first person, I’d have thought it was God speaking to me.
Has anyone else had an experience like this?