“How do I know if God is calling me?” This is the question that every man who grapples with the question of priestly vocation asks himself at some point. Discernment can be a frustrating and difficult experience. But the best first step is to follow the words that appear so often in the Sacred Scriptures, “Be not afraid!” The Lord does not want us to be afraid because fear threatens to distract us from the voice of God. Once you are open to hearing the Lord speak to your heart, a message that will most likely come as a quiet whisper or a gentle nudge, you will be able to truly discern the Lord’s will for your life.
Discernment is the first step in coming to know if the Lord is calling you to serve Him as a Roman Catholic priest. It must involve prayer, the willingness to seek out quiet in an otherwise noisy world, a desire to know God’s will for your life, and a love for the Church and her members.