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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 03:41:37 AM »
I do. I have been feeling this for over 7 years, Fr. Roel. Since I was 20.

Fr. Roel, I don't know what to do.

Pleas pray for me.

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I will pray for you, Bran.

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 03:53:00 AM »
Thank You Fr. Roel. Lisod kaayo because kanang feeling sa sulud sa ahoang kasingkasing maka feel gayod nako unsa gusto Nija. Pero hadlok ko. I am so scared to abandon all my work , all of my family's expectations on me. I look at my friends who are now 4th year seminarians and who will be ordained priests by the end of 2013. I cannot help but wish I was in their ranks. This year, my good and dear friend, J.R, will be ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am so happy for him. I want to attend his ordination ceremony.

He always jokes around with me sa phone, "When are you going to finally answer, brother?"

Mo katawa lang ko sa iyang hisgut. I wish I had his strength. I am weak and I hate that I am weak.


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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 02:54:54 PM »
A Roman Catholic male in my same age group testifies the same feeling, this sense of "the calling":



I felt the call for the very first time when I was at grade 6, and that was about 10 years ago. That time, I was touched by a homily given by diocesan priest on a retreat. But, I kept telling myself that it's an amazement, no more than that. Furthermore, I thought a priest life won't be easy. 'Pray, pray, pray', that was on my mind.. and I'm terrible at prayers.. So I thought that it's kind of creepy life.. Hahaha.. Well, that time I didn't know any other things that a priest supposed to do.

On grade 7-9, I even went to the church not as often as before, and I didn't go to church at all eventually. Cause at that time, I have a bad experience involving a priest. Thus, made me avoiding going to the church. I'm a shy guy and tends to spent a lot of my spare time in the library when I was on grade 10-12. Interestingly, I'm attracted to religious books. I don't know why.. And by reading a lot of books, I came to an understanding that a priest is also a human, who has weaknesses.

Thank God on my college days, on my first semester, I met a friend who was also happened to have a vocation to religious life (he'd like to be a Carmelite). He knew that I was also "discerning to be a priest" from his junior high school friend who is my senior high school friend. That time, I'm not pretty sure about it myself (thus, I add those brackets.. :P).

[[That girl, who is both my and his friend, was on the same class with me on grade 10 and rather close to me until the high school days ended. So, she also happened to know that I love to read those religious books. I have never explicitly said anything to anyone about becoming a priest or things like that, but I don't know, my friends got the same impression: that I want to be a priest.]]

It's very nice I think to have a friend who has the same aspiration like us. Since he become my close friend, I'm aspired to be a priest once more. From books, I knew the Jesuits and got fascinated by their writings. And about 2.5 years ago, I contacted a Dominican priest by e-mail. That time, I thought that Dominican habit is so cool and it would be nice to know a Dominican, at least one in my life.. :P To make the story short, I was shocked when he said that he will stay in my town for a pretty long time due to the request of the Bishop to introduce Dominicans in the diocese and he was asked to teach at the newly founded seminary. And guess what, he stayed at my parish. Well, from him I got to know Dominicans better, and undoubtedly that his homilies was so great -- that's what aspired me to be a Dominican like him.



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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 03:03:16 PM »
Discernment: Answering a Call to Priesthood or Religious Life


Discernment can be described as a process of spiritual exploration - a time in which a man or woman acknowledges God's call to serve Him in a particular vocation.  Discernment reaches beyond the realm of a religious vocation.  Oftentimes, people will spend some serious time with our Lord when a new job opportunity or the possibly of a promotion becomes available.  The process of discernment is needed in order to make a spiritually sound, morally certain decision.  The grace of the Holy Spirit is paramount to this process, and we look for signs from our Lord which will help guide us in our decision.

     Discernment can be thought of as a building project.  We don't leap into a project - buying supplies and materials, hiring extra help and beginning work, on the very first day of the project.  We must first take measurements, think about different ideas and decide what will work best before we can even begin to think about the actual work that the project entails.  When we discern a vocation to priesthood or religious life, we examine God's call from all perspectives - we spend time in prayer before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we consult family members and close friends and invite them to offer feedback on our urgings, we may talk with our parish priest or a member of a religious community to help us in our quest for the truth.

     Discernment is a natural process, and everyone considering a call from our Lord experiences, to some degree, a time of discernment.  It's good to ask questions, to observe, to listen, and to dialogue with those whom you love - most importantly, our Lord!  If you are considering the possibility of priesthood or religious life, please allow us to aid you in your process of discernment - our office would be very happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.

     We've provided some helpful resources below which will aid you in your discernment.  Review these suggestions, and spend time in prayer while you are actively discerning our Lord's call.  Jesus says, "The harvest is plenty; the laborers are few."  Is our Lord calling you to reap a rich and bountiful harvest?  YES, He IS!  It is our job through discernment, to discover how best we will answer the Lord's call.



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How do I know if my vocation is to the Priesthood or Religious Life?

Growing Faith - A person experiences an increased awareness of God in his or her life and a developing appreciation of Jesus, His way of life, His mission, His holy people the Church, His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, and His Sacraments.

Growing Zeal - A person's developing friendship with Jesus will lead him or her to desire more and more to share in His mission of saving the world, saving people and saving souls.

Growing Desire to be Consumed - A person's increasing desire to give himself or herself completely to the Lord.

Growing Interest in the Life and Work of a Priest or Religious - A person's growing wonderment at what it would be like to give themselves completely to the Lord and the works of the Lord - being Jesus for others, gathering all people into God's family, preaching the Word, celebrating the Holy Eucharist and Sacraments, and organizing people for service.

Growing Desire to Lead People - A man or woman exhibiting leadership skills in school, community and church.

Growing Sensitivity to the Needs of People - A man or woman who enjoys being around people and has a caring attitude toward all.

Growing Sense That God Has Something Great Planned for You - A man or woman with the sense that there are more important things in life, and that God is calling him or her to be part of these deeper mysteries.



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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 04:24:43 AM »
Prayer to Follow the Call of Christ

Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have given me,
Especially for life, love, family and friends.
Help me to know myself better and to know my talents,
As I pray, study and decide on my life’s work.
Help me to see and understand the path you open for me.

Help me choose a life’s work
which will develop all my potential
And enable me to respond fully to your love for me.
In whatever way you are inviting me to follow you
Give me a generous heart to respond to your challenging call
And the strength to follow you wherever you lead me.
Amen.



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