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
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- 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?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- Why do we have priests? Can’t lay people do the work of priests?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- Are there any books I should read to help me discern my vocation?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- 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?