Vocation Question


#1

When exploring the idea of a vocation, specifically my vocation, I often get confused. I don’t get confused as to whether the vocation I feel called to is the one for me, because I know that I am called to be a priest. I am going to the seminary right out of high school. I know for a while that I fell away from the teachings of the church, not entirely, but mostly. Even though I have always been Catholic, when I started feeling the call to the priesthood, it was as though I underwent a conversion. I desired God 100%. The thing is, I don’t see my religion any other way. I want God, as me being a priest. Yes, if I didn’t ever feel the call to be a priest I would still want God, and year for him, but I feel like I would be missing something. Is it normal for me to feel that the priesthood will fill this void, this constant yearning for Christ? Thanks.

I guess these are some of the things you think about in the months leading up to filling out the seminary application!

God Bless


#2

What a story :). I hope and pray your discernment goes well in seminary. May God bless you on your journey.

From a not perfect person in discernment to become a Jesuit Priest

adawgj


#3

In this life we are never completely filled. Though knowing you are fulfilling your mission is rewarding. Prayers for you.


#4

Well, yes! That, in a nutshell, is what a calling is all about - a feeling that there’s something missing in your life, that your called to do more and be more and that priesthood may well be the “something” that you’ve been looking for.


#5

I am happy to hear that you’re still considering the priesthood.

One thing I find helpful in my own discernment is to pray for things to line up for what God wants for me; whether that be priest, religious, or married life. With that, I also find it very helpful to remain open to all ways of life.

You’re in my prayers.


#6

This should be directed at a spiritual director. Have you followed the advice of many posters here and gotten one yet?


#7

Most priests I have spoken with often say that one knows that a certain vocation is truly for them if they feel like that vocation will give them a sense of fulfillment. Many have also said that it is also a sign if thinking or pondering about that vocation in mind is pleasurable, then that may too be a telltale sign of a real vocation. Consistency, authenticity and being able to fit the job are also signs as well.


#8

Well said. If you feel your vocation will grant you happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction then it is a real vocation. The Lord would not call someone to a a life that will ultimately leave them unhappy, we are called to serve, to be saints but also to live a happy and joyful life in His name.

"To live without faith, without a heritage to defend, without battling constantly for truth, is not to live but to ‘get along’; we must never just ‘get along’." Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati


#9

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