Recognizing the call
To be called by God is to experience a deep and personal stirring within one's soul. All who believe in the person and power of Jesus Christ, all who are baptized, are called to walk with their brothers and sisters on their journey to the Lord. This is an open call, a call to all Christians. Discerning a vocation is hard work, no doubt about it! It can be especially tough if you've just begun to give thought to the priesthood. Simply figuring out how to pray and who to talk to are challenges in themselves. Added to that is the fear of what others might think, especially your family and friends. Perhaps the number one anxiety of many men is the requirement of celibacy; many dismiss the possibility of the priesthood over that single issue! There are so many valuable ways that you can choose to live your life. Our Blessed Lord teaches us not to fear but to trust in Him! He can and will give us happiness if we do His will. Let the Holy Spirit work in your soul.