[quote="dsully, post:1, topic:293575"]
I'm going to throw a wild one out here:
Although I am not Catholic, I have a deep fascination with the Catholic Church and have long been interested in monasticism. At different times I have also thought I might be called to the priesthood.
My question is:
How does one know if he is called to religious life? For several years I thought that God had perhaps called me to marriage, but I haven't been active in the pursuit of a mate, and seem to be growing more content with the idea of celibacy.
I know that I am not even Catholic yet, but perhaps there is someone out there who understands what I am saying (my Protestant brothers seem less likely to).
I shall pray for you on your journey. Allow me to suggest a few resources that may be of help in your discernment process... Even if you are not ready to make a commitment to RCIA yet these books may be of some help to you on your journey...
I do not know your church background but I found these books to each have some insights I had not thought of before as well as some detailed information for further reading on specific subjects which sometimes can be a bit of a hangup for converts.
Rome Sweet Home by Scott & Kimberly Hahn
The Lambs Supper (The Mass as Heaven on Earth) by Scott Hahn
(This is great to understand the importance of the Mass and also provides a nice insight into the book of Revelation)
Born Fundamentalist Born Again Catholic, by David Currie
( again this had good insights on various fundamental Catholic teachings, what the non-Catholic view was from many and why he came to the conclusion that Catholic teaching was right for him... he includes a nice section on further reading)
finally a book and a website that can offer invaluable help:
The Coming Home Network by Marcus Grodi ( A wonderful ministry and website)
and the Book Journeys Home ed by Marcus Grodi
This book lists conversion stories of several Ministers from Non Catholic Backgrounds
At the end is a treasure trove of further reading on specific subjects such as scripture, the Mass, The Papacy The Eucharist etc.
Hopefully this will be of some help to you or to others
Blessings, Sr Debbie OSC*