Posts tagged Priesthood
Posts tagged Priesthood
These are the 60+ high school and college age young men who spent 4 days at Mount St. Mary’s seminary to discern, alongside the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, God’s will in their life.
Pray that these young men may have the courage to answer the call, whatever God is calling them to in their life.
Several people have asked me to share my discernment story so far, so I wanted to share the essay I wrote for my application to seminary. So, here it is, below the fold:
Any Christian, or anyone interested in Christianiry, especially those in or interested in religious vocations should check out R.W. Gleason S.J.’s “To Live Is Christ.” It’s an older book, written before the 60’s but much of the advice it gives is timeless.
Hey all, I wanted to let you know that I have been accepted into the archdiocese of Baltimore’s program for priestly formation. Thanks for all the prayers and support!
A graph of the number of accused priests in the abuse scandal during each of the 4 pontiffs reign in which it occurred.
Pray for him mostly. And remember, the primary responsibility for his discernment is his. As a good friend you can support him, but don’t feel you have to make all the decisions for him. If hypothetically, he wanted to date you, and you wanted to date him, you should not feel compelled to say no for fear of distracting him from his vocation, especially since he may not know what his vocation truly is.
(This of course would be different if he is already in the seminary. Going to seminary isn’t a “set-in-stone signing your life to the priesthood,” but it is a commitment to exploring it. It is like dating the priesthood. So, if he is in seminary, and he actively pursues you, you should make it clear that he is free to date you (only if you want to date him too) or the priesthood, but only one at a time.)
Does this answer your question? God bless!
A Day in the Life of a Priest
Great video. If you think you may be called to the priesthood, check it out!
Now, the interesting thing here is that this happened on the feast day of St. John Vianney the patron of priests. He is also the patron of two archdioceses that are less than 300 miles away from the crash site, Kansas City, Kansas and Dubuque Iowa.
I am actually leaning more towards priesthood in my discerning, though I am leaving everything up to God’s will. I am not in seminary yet because my parents want me to get a 4-year degree before I enter seminary, but your question still stands.
I would not discount the importance of prayer in discerning a vocation. I did not even think about the possibility of becoming a priest until I went to adoration and heard the call for the first time. So, prayer is important, and I would suggest frequent adoration in front of the blessed sacrament is one of the best forms of prayer for spiritual discernment.
Other than that, ask! Go to members of different orders, ask them what their life is like. Speak to married people you trust (parents aren’t a bad start) and ask them what its like to be married.
Finally, something that has helped me, is imagining myself as a priest, and imagining myself as a married man. Both fantasies are joyful, but when I imagine myself as a married man, it doesn’t feel like me. It feels like I’m looking on someone else’s life. When I imagine myself as a priest, I am full participant in the scene, I know it is me I see. Does that make sense?
I hope this helps! God bless!
It does not contradict the command of Matthew 23:9.
Jesus was speaking figuratively here. All he meant was do not worship any man on Earth, for you only have one God in heaven.
Jesus was not saying that you couldn’t call your dad, father. And he was not saying you could not call religious authorities father. In fact, Jesus himself says, “your father Abraham” once or twice.
Does that answer your question? God bless!