To come to a clearer understanding of the signs by God, prayer is of great value. This consists of the following:
- Listening to the voice of God through daily mental prayer in the morning and the evening.
- Frequent participation at Mass and reception of Holy Communion in addition to Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation; this gives you the grace and strength to respond to God’s call.
- Regular confession in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; this enables you to stay on track and not to be overcome by despair in the Christian life.
- Monthly direction from a priest spiritual director; this helps you see the movement of the Holy Spirit in the depths of the soul.
- Short daily spiritual reading to nourish faith and inspire you to live a life committed to Christ.
- Developing a relationship with Our Lady through the rosary and entrusting your vocation to her maternal care.
As the calling to Christ wells inside, the next step is to properly vet this calling. The process of discernment is an integral part in understanding the signs God may be placing in your life. The first step of discernment is to contact the Vocation Director of your diocese. The Vocation Director will assist in determining if and how you should fit into the process of priestly formation.
“Who does God want me to be?” and not “What do I want to do with my life?” is the basic question in discernment.
Keep in mind a few things when you believe you have found where you are supposed to be: One is that you feel “at home” there. This is logical, since your vocation is what God meant for you all along. In other words, if you are where He wants you to be you will feel it. Also, it is also important to feel a little overwhelmed. If you don’t you are either in the wrong place or you haven’t understood what exactly it is all about.
Be mindful that discernment is necessary; because without it our actions would not have the consistency reason can give them. Discernment must take place in a climate of faith. It is the perception of God’s action and his call. Discernment is, in itself, a grace. It is definitely more than a fruit of mere intellectual examination and reflection.
Are you ready for the challenge? Contact the Vocations Office
Prayer of Thomas Merton
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me
Nor do I really know myself.
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.
And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone.