Is God Calling Me To Be A Priest?
How Do I Know If God Is Calling Me?
There are several things that help us to discern God's call in our lives:
Spend time daily in quiet prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blesed Sacrament. Also pray the rosary. Mary's total surrender to God is a model for all of us to follow. Read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels.
Frequent reception of the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist open our hearts to hearing the voice of God.
Seek counsel from people you trust (your parents, a priest). Get spiritual direction from someone trained to do so.
Being with God in silence allows us to hear His voice, away from all of the distractions of the world.
Visit a seminary. You do not know what you are saying yes or no to unless you go and see.
Join a discernment group in order to be with others who are trying to discern God's will in their lives.
Above all, trust that doing the will of God will bring us joy and peace.
If you are thinking about priesthood, I would encourage you to take part in some of the events we offer in the Diocese of Joliet. You are not alone in this search to do God's will. For more information, download our Vocation Events brochure below.
DIOCESE OF JOLIET VOCATION EVENTS
Fr. Burke Masters