The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
Public speaking, especially preaching, is part of a priest’s duty. With training and effort, even if you’re not comfortable with it, you can manage. Most priests find that after a while it becomes second nature. You could also see it as part of your own personal growth. It might be difficult at times, but you are following the call of Jesus and he will support you. Preaching is a great opportunity to bring his words alive for people.
Most popular questions
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- I’d like to join a religious community but I like living in Ireland. Can I be sent anywhere or do I have a say in the matter?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- If I don’t believe that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, can I still become a priest?
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- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
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