DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON
HEAR HIS CALL!
A vocation is nothing other than a call from God. But, a vocation is also something that is fragile and demands our attention. In an age of noise and confusion, it is difficult to HEAR HIS CALL - but it is not impossible. Here are three important steps to take that enable us to hear the voice of God and prepare us to respond with generosity:
There is no better place to begin to explore this call than the place where we are alone with God - where we talk to Him and He talks to us. In prayer we open our hearts so that He can direct all our thoughts actions and inspirations. Pray each and every day - at the beginning and end of the day, if possible. But also consider getting away to a seminary, retreat house or monastery for a weekend. These places of prayer will provide you with an atmosphere of quiet and peace that is necessary to have this important conversation.
2) Talk to someone.
No one can keep this question a secret forever. In fact, others may have already noticed some of these 'priestly qualities' and mentioned it to you. Maybe it was a family member, a friend or a priest and they are good people to listen to and ask for advice.
3) Speak with the Diocesan Director of Vocations.
Discernment is an important and difficult task and should not be attempted alone. Discerning a vocation will inevitably raise lots of questions – both spiritual and practical. Each Diocese appoints a Director of Vocations to help you find answers to these questions and develop a plan for the future.
Ponder These QuestionsIs my relationship with Jesus Christ of utmost importance to me?
Do I pray every day?
Does the idea of being a priest or religious keep coming back to me?
Do I want to live a life of service?
Do I want to help others come to experience the joy of knowing Our Lord?
Do I treasure the opportunity to attend Mass and receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?
Do I want to make a difference in the lives of people and to change the world?
Have people suggested to me that I would make a good priest or religious?
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