It’s the time of year when young men and women are spending some time discerning their vocation. Here are some guidelines that may help you to help them if it’s priesthood or religious life they’re thinking about. Of course if you find out that wishing to serve God and to serve others is important for them this is a good indication. This could be followed by a few simple questions:
- Do you enjoy being with people?
- Do you enjoy working with people?
- Are you compassionate and caring enough to understand others?
- Do you sometimes feel that God is close to you?
- Can you accept failure in yourself and others?
- Are you willing to make sacrifices to achieve something truly worthwhile?
- Is truth important to you?
Jesus said “Come and See”. Can you trust and follow Him?
If the young person (between the ages of 19 and 40) discerning, has answered yes to most of these questions then maybe they are being called to consider a vocation to be a priest, sister or brother and perhaps it’s time for them to consider making contact with a Vocations Director. Assure them that there will be no pressure whatsoever – the decision with God’s help, will be totally theirs. The role of the Vocations Director is just to help the individual to discern what God is calling them to do.