Yes! Every Baptized person is called to be holy: Be holy because I am holy" 1 Peter 1:16. Beyond this universal call to holiness, God calls each of us to a particular state in life: Married, Religious, Priesthood or Generous Single.
In Latin, the word for discernment is discernere, which means to separate or to distinguish. Through discernment, we can distinguish between “being in the world”, and “being of the world”. As Christians, we are all called to holiness first and foremost. By seeking after Christ and putting His Word into action in our own daily lives, we conform to His will and can distinguish what our next steps are. Here are a few steps to discern God’s call:
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Discerning God’s will entails praying and listening in silence with the Lord. In prayer, we must learn to discern the voice of the Lord from the voices of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Here are a few spiritual discernment tips which allow Christ to reveal Himself to us:
A Diocesan Priest is quite different from a Religious Order Priest, though they are both important roles in the church. A Diocesan Priest serves in the parishes of a geographic diocese or archdiocese and makes promises of
The majority of Religious Order Priests serve in communities, monasteries, and sometimes in parishes. A Religious Order Priest takes vows of
Becoming a Diocesan Priest is an adventure. It is a process full of spiritual discernment, challenging academics, and ultimately surrendering every aspect of your life to Christ’s Church. This may sound intimidating, yet, it is a wonderful and inspiring journey full of the illumination of Christ’s love in our lives. The first step is to contact your Vocations Director.
There are a few options for a Catholic gentleman to become a diocesan priest.
Though it can vary, typically it takes 6 to 8 years from the time when a young man enter seminary until he is ordained as a diocesan priest.
Catholic priests are called to live “In persona Christi,” or in the person of Christ. A priest brings Jesus to the people and people to Jesus. Through offering the sacraments to every age, race, and gender, God uses priests in these acts to heal those of the Body of Christ and to lead them into everlasting life. Priests have the opportunity, through the graces and guidance of the Heavenly Father, to ultimately save souls.
Here are a few things a Diocesan Priest does:
The diocesan priesthood is a 24/7 lifestyle. Here are a few things a priest may do in an average week:
"Every vocation is part of a divine plan... It is God who loves us, who is Love, who calls us." Pope Benedict XVI
A good priest strives to live a life of holiness. He is prayerful, humbly seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit to share the gift of his priesthood. A priest is generous, giving of himself and sharing in the most significant moments of people’s lives. He has the humility to be a shepherd of God’s flock here on earth, the trust in His graces to keep a busy yet fruitful schedule, and the determination to live a life of loving service to the people of God.
These are just a few of the qualities that make a good priest. The sacrament of Holy Orders gives the grace necessary to sustain the priest in his ministry. St John Vianney, the patron Saint of Diocesan Priests once said that “the priest will not understand the greatness of his office until he is in heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love.” A diocesan priest will truly encounter many joys while serving the people of God.
Finding out God’s will for our life will ultimately bring us the most joy, as Jesus promises- I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10