Discernment Basics • Meeting 5
Signs of a Vocation to Priesthood
Discernment Basics • Meeting 5
Signs of a Vocation to Priesthood

Springboard Questions

Business items

  • Any updates on the service project or social outing?
  • What’s the most challenging thing you’ve accomplished?

Video

Signs of a Priestly Vocation (10 minutes)

  • General reactions to the video.

Reading

Read aloud: Page 77-78 in To Save a Thousand Souls

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. “God will never send you where his grace cannot sustain you.” Tell us about a time when you really experienced God’s presence and grace.
  3. The author advises, “Never discern alone!” Who has helped you the most in your Christian life? In your discernment? At what point would you need to talk to the Vocation Director?

Read aloud: Pages 81-84, “A good candidate for diocesan priesthood should have a desire to be a priest” in To Save a Thousand Souls

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. In your own words, explain the distinction between admiration and respect of priesthood, and a desire to become a priest.
  3. Why are men who “call themselves” to priesthood bad for the Church? How does a man know the call is from God and not from himself?

Real aloud pages 105-106, “A good candidate for diocesan priesthood is open to the will for his life.”

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. Why do people have such a hard time believing that doing God’s perfect will regarding their vocation will make them truly happy?”

Assignment

  1. Before the next meeting, on your own time, complete the Discernment Exercise on page 107.

Next Meeting

Please read, “Developing a Spiritual Plan of Life” (Chapter 6 in To Save a Thousand Souls)

Getting Serious? Visit a Seminary

While not an “essential element” of the discernment group, one of the best things you can do if you’re seriously considering the priesthood is visit a seminary. If you want to go the extra mile, organize a trip to the nearest seminary. Often, the Vocation Office will help organize the trip and cover travel costs.