For those considering a vocation: invitations to Catholics to consider saying “yes” to a religious vocation.
1. Practice the faith. We all need to be reminded that the whole point of our lives is to grow in a deep, intimate and loving relationship with God. This is the first step for any young person desiring to discern any call in life.
2. Enter into the Silence. Silence is key to sanity and wholeness. We can only “hear” the voice of God if we are quiet. Take out the ear buds of your iPhone, iPod and iTunes and listen to God, the great I AM. Young people should try to spend 15 minutes of quiet prayer each day – this is where you can begin to receive clear direction in your lives.
3. Be a good disciple. Some bishops say, “We do not have a vocation crisis; we have a discipleship crisis.” Young people can become true followers of Jesus Christ by serving those around them. By discovering your call to discipleship, you also discover your particular call within the Church.
4. Offer yourself generously. Be open to anything and everything that God might ask of you. Respond to his call, even in small matters, with a resounding “YES”. Like in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
5. Ask God. Ask God what He wants for your life and know He only wants what is good for you. If, in fact, you are called to the priesthood, it will be the path to great joy and contentment.
6. Just Do It! In the immortal words of the famous sneaker manufacturer… Just do it! If you feel that God is inviting you to “try it out” apply to the seminary. Remember, the seminary is a place of discernment. You will not be ordained for many years, providing ample opportunity to explore that possibility of a call to priesthood.
Adapted from “Ten Things That Promote Vocations, By Father David Toups”