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?
Yes indeed, your interest in the priesthood might be pointing in the direction of vocation. It is not at all necessary to be ‘exceptionally holy’ or to have ‘a burning passion’ for priesthood for a vocation to be authentic. God can call ‘quietly’, without fuss, as in the case of Elijah who felt the presence of God, not in the wind, not in the earthquake nor in the fire, but in ‘the gentle breeze’ (1 Kings 19:10-13). The fact that you pray every day and follow the commandments is a sign that your house is already built on rock. You should explore with the help of a trusted and trustworthy guide the nature of your ‘interest’ in priesthood in order to discern if it carries the ‘gentle breeze’ of God’s subtle attraction to follow Him more closely.
Most popular questions
- 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?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- 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?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?