These questions can offer insights and guidance as you consider your calling in life.
- Do I strive to be respectful and chaste in all my relationships?
- Do I relate well with others without overt prejudice, and am I willing to work with people of diverse cultural backgrounds?
- Do I maintain healthy friendships with peers that are marked by enjoyment, mutual respect and care?
- At times do I feel the Holy Spirit’s presence in me, in others, or in my prayer and practice of the sacraments?
- Are any Saints my heroes?
- Am I comfortable in talking about my Catholic faith with others?
- Do I make time for silence, reflective thought and listening?
- Do I encourage others to succeed?
- Do I lead a disciplined and healthy life with regard to my use of time and care for my body?
- Do I enjoy serving in my parish and community?
- Do I believe that the world is in great need of more exemplary spiritual leaders?
- Do I have a healthy sense of humor?
- Have I taken the initiative in a leadership role within an organization?
- Do I possess sensitivity and empathy for others especially including those who are in need?
- Am I aware of the temptations of power, possessions, fame and money?
- Do I accept the mistakes I and others have made as opportunities for corrections and improvements?
- When my peers are expressing negative and hurtful opinions about others, do I resist joining in?
If you have answered yes to the majority of these questions, it would be a good idea to speak to a priest that you know about the possibility of discerning a call to the priesthood. The discernment process will give the Lord a chance to further show you the vocation that He has for you.
Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God’s grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God’s actions.