DISCERNING A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD / RELIGIOUS LIFE
What is offered here is a prayer discernment exercise. Over seven moments there is a scripture text with a key question aimed at assisting people who feel they may be called to the priesthood / religious life. It is recommended that this be used over a seven day period – one point in chronological order per day.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1/5)
God, how did you imagine me before you made me?
“I shall no longer call you servants … I call you friends.” (John 15/15)
God, why was it in your loving design for me to know Jesus?
“You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb. For so many marvels I thank you.” (Psalm 139/13-14)
God, what are you telling me through my family and the many gifts you have given me?
“There are many different gifts, but always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but always the same Lord”(1Cor.12/4-5)
God, what are your plans for me in the service of others?”
“Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up… (and asked) “Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life.” (Mark 10/17)
God, if I am to be a priest/religious how can I give up my other options?
“Come after me and I will make you fishers of people” (Matthew 4/19)
God, why would you want me to be a priest/religious?
“Do you love me? …. Look after my sheep.” (John 21/16)
God, how can you give me the strength to prepare?
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn