What does vocation discernment mean? In simple words, it means to determine the source of one's feelings, inspirations and the spiritual manifestations that are taking place around the person for the purpose of determining if these result from a Divine calling to the religious life.If you have answered "yes" to a few (3 or more) of the above questions, you may have a calling to the priesthood or the religious life. With an increase number of "yes" as an answer (7 of more) to the questions, there is a greater likelihood that God is calling you to the religious life.
To discern if one has a religious calling is a lengthy process. A priest is not ordained until many years of preparation. Anytime prior to the date of ordination, as a candidate to the priesthood who is still searching the Divine Will of God, the seminarian or his spiritual director can come to the conclusion that the individual does not have a calling from God.
Sometime during his Christian life, every Catholic boy has to take the first step towards discerning if he has a priestly calling from God or not. He has to ask himself, "Is God calling me?" A basic way to begin the discerning process related to a calling to the priesthood is by answering the following questions:
To follow-up on discerning if you have a calling, contact a priest within your diocese and ask him the name of the vocations director for your area. Then arrange to meet with the vocations director. You may wish to print this page and share with him why you suspect that you may have a calling. May the grace of God be with you.