A vocation is an initiative of love from the heart of God. He calls in a gentle and loving way and invites us to respond in freedom. Discerning a vocation to the priesthood or sisterhood takes time, prayer, reflection, patience and attentiveness to God’s action – undertaken with the assistance of others. It also takes courage to respond to the interior movements of the Holy Spirit. Could God be calling you to be a priest or a nun? Explore below the signs of a calling to the priesthood and sisterhood, some of the challenges of responding to a call, and the joys priests and nuns experience in their vocation.
These signs apply to all vocations! Are any of these things true in your case?
Take some time to reflect on these points. If you find that any of these signs are resonating with you, then don’t ignore them! Share your thoughts and feelings with God and ask Him for the courage to take action. You may also find that when you think about a vocation to the priesthood or sisterhood, your first reaction is one of fear or resistance. This is a very common response among young men / women who are searching, and it does not mean you are not called to be a priest / nun. See the section below on the joys of responding to the call ofChrist to serve His kingdom.