"You are going to be [insert religious vocation here]"


#1

Has anyone ever approached you and said, “You would make a good priest/nun/brother, etc.” while you are considering a vocation? Do you consider this sometimes as a sign from God? I read somewhere on a website for vocations that God uses other people to speak with us. I think that having someone say that is probably a sign from above, but I want to know other’s opinions on it.


#2

Yes. I have had an embarrassing number of people say something similar. I think that it may or may not be God using them, but I will continue my discernment process and trust in my priest to guide me toward God’s will. I tend to think of it in a different way: people are so accustomed to lackadaisical and cafeteria Catholics that when they see someone struggling for holiness they just naturally assume that God wants that person to be a religious or a priest.

How many times has it happened to you?


#3

[quote="CatholicZ09, post:1, topic:243253"]
Has anyone ever approached you and said, "You would make a good priest/nun/brother, etc." while you are considering a vocation? Do you consider this sometimes as a sign from God? I read somewhere on a website for vocations that God uses other people to speak with us. I think that having someone say that is probably a sign from above, but I want to know other's opinions on it.

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Randomly one of my coworkers (upon hearing I dated) said in surprise: I thought you were going to be a nun!

I'd never mentioned to her that the Sisterhood appeals to me. She only knew that I'd become Catholic. I don't know... I have no idea if it was God's way of affirming my wonderings but it was a little weird.


#4

[quote="FidesSpesCarita, post:2, topic:243253"]
Yes. I have had an embarrassing number of people say something similar. I think that it may or may not be God using them, but I will continue my discernment process and trust in my priest to guide me toward God's will. I tend to think of it in a different way: people are so accustomed to lackadaisical and cafeteria Catholics that when they see someone struggling for holiness they just naturally assume that God wants that person to be a religious or a priest.

How many times has it happened to you?

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Too many to count...I'm not suprised if there is not one person in the parish that hasn't said it.


#5

I'm only in high school but it's been said to me several times by my mother & the last parish priest we had.
I'm not sure, maybe someday I will decide to become a nun :p


#6

I've had many, many people come up to me and say that I would make a wonderful priest, some because they say "You're such a good person", but mostly because they say that I am so devout while serving Mass on weekdays. I always am not too sure what to say to them, other than "Thank you." It's a flattering sentiment that they think me worthy enough to be a good priest, but at the moment I don't feel called. I really think that you truly need to be devout and attentive when you serve Mass - it's a more intimate and special role in the liturgy than simply sitting in the pews (not to say that's inferior or anything). I'm almost 19, and I can't count the number of times I've heard people say this to me. I've been praying that God will help me find my vocation in life, because I am utterly at a loss right now, but I don't know that the priesthood is for me. Right now, I'm much more inclined towards marriage and children, or else bachelorhood (is that a word?).

[quote="FidesSpesCarita, post:2, topic:243253"]
I tend to think of it in a different way: people are so accustomed to lackadaisical and cafeteria Catholics that when they see someone struggling for holiness they just naturally assume that God wants that person to be a religious or a priest.

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My thoughts exactly...I think this inclination to label people as potential religious stems from that accustomed perspective. A sad phenomenon, but there you have it. Devotion seems to have become the exception in many places, instead of the rule.


#7

I have had more than one person tell me that I would make a great Deacon. However, since I just came into the Church recently, that sort of thing is a long ways off for me. I am considering the idea in the back of my mind and, if I am able with the help of God, to continue progressing in my own holiness, it is something I would consider several years down the road from now.


#8

I've had it happen a couple of times. One time it was a priest behind me in the line for confession saying I should go and become a nun. Another time, it was a friend at Youth Group saying I'd make a great nun. And our temporary Youth Minister is joining the seminary in the fall. I'm so happy for him, and I can tell already that he's going to be great for my vocation!


#9

Yes i actually had this embarrising moment when a few of my friends and i were hanging out watching a romantic movie and we were talking about the cute guys on the movie and about getting married and stuff, well my friend that is a catholic knew about my discerning to become a nun and she said out loud, “well hey Phoenix doesn’t have to worry about boys, or about getting married” and then one of my other friends that is a protestant who didnt know was confused because she didnt know anything about nuns. and then i just had to tell her that it was an inside joke!
yes that was quite embarrising! :blush:


#10

My sister used to joke that I was going to become a nun.
I'd forgotten about that until I read this topic.
I think it's good if people look at you and see the qualities of that vocation in you.
That could be a sign I guess, if you choose to take it that way.


#11

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