Praying about the Priesthood
Is God calling me to be a priest? How can I know for sure? What’s the best way to make such an important decision?
As you contemplate what to do with your life, be confident that God has a specific plan for you, and that you can discover it through prayer.
Authentic prayer goes beyond saying a couple of Our Father's and Hail Mary's in a church pew. Put simply, the deepest kind of prayer is a heartfelt conversation with Christ. In fact, prayer helps us to achieve union with God, which is the vocation of all Christians. No matter which vocation God has in mind for you, it is essential that you learn to pray well. While you can pray about your vocation anywhere, it is often helpful to pray before the Blessed Sacrament at your parish church.
Read inspiring Scripture passages
Prayerfully reading scripture can spark a great conversation between you and the Lord. Here are a few suggested passages to get started:
·Matthew 19: 16-30 Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man
·John 1:35-51 The calling of the first disciples
·Luke 14:25-33 Following Christ no matter what the cost
Contemplate life changes
Everyone, no matter how holy, can always live more perfectly. Think about the things in your life which may be holding you back from making commitments to God. Start with the little things... but don’t be afraid to tackle the big ones!
Talk to God about your friends and family
If you make the decision to begin studying for the priesthood, your parents may not understand. Your friends may be skeptical. If so, ask God for guidance in these relationships.
Remember that Jesus himself had family and friends who didn’t always understand him; he can sympathize with what you are going through.