As we pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, let us remember that Jesus said “to beg the master of the harvest to send laborers into the vineyard” (Matthew 9:38). If we want more priests, sisters and brothers, we need to ask. So we are asking! What is your vocation?
Vocations need to be discussed regularly if a “vocation culture” is to take root in parishes and homes. This means, first and foremost, people need to hear about vocations from priests through homilies, prayers of the faithful, and discussions in the home. Vocations kept out of sight are out of mind!
Fellow brothers and sisters, are we teaching the people around us (the tall and the small) how to pray and find comfort in solitude? This is paramount when discerning a vocation. It’s in the quiet times that we often hear God calling us into a deeper relationship with Him. Let the seekers around you know that any vocation, whether it’s celibate single, married, consecrated life, or the priesthood, it’s a call to be united to Christ in a unique way. Lead by example!
Top tips on how to discern a vocation:
-Practice the faith. We all need to be reminded that the whole point of our lives is to grow in a deep, intimate and loving relationship with God. This is the first step for any young person desiring to discern any call in life.
-Enter into silence. Silence is key to sanity and wholeness. We can only “hear” the voice of God if we are quiet. Take out the ear buds of your iPhone, iPod, and iTunes and listen to God, the great I AM. Young people should try to spend 15 minutes of quiet prayer each day – this is where you can begin to receive clear direction in your lives.
-Ask God. Ask God what He wants for your life and know He only wants what is good for you. If, in fact, you are called to the priesthood or consecrated life, it will be the path to great joy and contentment.
-“Just do it!” As the immortal words of a famous sneaker manufacturer says. If you feel that God is inviting you to “try it out,” apply to the seminary or religious order. Remember, the seminary or convent is a place of discernment. You will not be ordained or asked to profess vows for many years, providing ample opportunity to explore the possibility of a call to priesthood or religious life.
Some of this content is courtesy of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
For more information visit https://www.sse.org/vocation.html
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