Is God calling Me?
The Diocese of New Utrecht encourages people, both men and women, who sense a calling in their lives to ordained ministry to enter into a process of discernment. We can help you along the way. But maybe you’re not certain about this. Maybe you don’t even know where to begin. Ask yourself the follow questions. It might help you make the next step in moving forward. Here are 15 simple questions:
Personal Spirituality, Daily Living In Christ
* Is daily prayer an essential part of your daily living?
* When you hear the Word of God, does it make you want to share it with others
* Do others enjoy your presence because they feel uplifted when hearing you speak of spiritual things?
* Do you find yourself more uplifted when you speak of spiritual values as opposed to materialistic values?
* Are you detached from the worldly ways of fame, pleasures, wealth, believing that there is more to life than what can be gained?
* Are you sought out by others who may need prayer or wish to speak to you about personal issues or issues of faith?
* Do you have a natural inclination towards doing charitable works?
* Have you ever felt that you had the calling to be a priest?
* Do you see yourself in the service of others?
* When you participate in the celebration of the Holy Mass, do you sometimes wish you were the priest celebrating the Holy Mass?
* In your desire to become a priest have you kept it a secret in your heart and been reluctant to tell your family and friends of your desire to become a priest
* In your thoughts about the priesthood, do you feel unworthy of serving God and His people as a priest?
* Have others ever told you that you should become a priest?
* Do you sometimes wish that Jesus would just appear to you and tell you what he wants from you?
* Has your mind been preoccupied with the fact that you must now make a major decision regarding your future, either to serve God or not?
If you checked 4 or more of the above questions, you may have a calling to the priesthood. With an increase number of checks of 7 or more to these questions, there is a greater likelihood that God is calling you to the religious life. Either way, it can only benefit you to inquire. All inquiries are confidential and will be shared with our bishop only.
If you have already been ordained a priest, deacon, nun or brother but have been laicized and desire to reclaim your religious profession, we would appreciate the opportunity of speaking with you.
To speak confidentially to someone further about this longing you may have, feel free to call:
Bishop Rick Riccardi
Or eMail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org