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Anonymous asked: A friend of mine is answering God's call to priesthood. However, lately I've been getting the feeling that he's attracted to me. I know I can't help it if he likes me, but I don't want to distract him from his vocation. What should I do?

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!

I.X.

Niko

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Anonymous asked: I know this might be too personal. Are you discerning a call to marriage since you are not in the seminary? if so, how did you know you were called to marriage? i'm only asking because no one seems to give me an answer besides "you just pray and then you know. duh."

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!

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spamusubi-deactivated20140222 asked: I recently started reading the bible (no view of any church influencing me) so I apologize if there is something past the gospels but out of curiosity, I saw in another book about a man who is a Priest in the Philippines and in his story and I saw that the Pope was called the Holy Father? Doesn't that go opposite of what Matthew 23:9 says? Especially with the title 'Holy' as well as 'Father'? While it doesn't go in hand with the Holy Spirit or 'Father'.. it just felt weird that he's called that?

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!

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