[St. Gregory of Nazianzus]
Is God calling you?
Every young man should be asking himself if he is called by God to lay down his life to take up the life God has prepared for him. If lived, it is nothing less than heroic; if called, there is nothing more suitable for you. Nothing will be as fulfilling, as complete a joy as living out that which was precisely made for you, set aside for you, by God while "you were being formed in your mother's womb." Take a moment. Take a breath. Take a knee...and pray.
Heavenly Father, I ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that I may choose the vocation to serve you best. May the light given to me at my baptism be nourished by the Body and Blood of Your Son, that I may grow in Your knowledge and love. I ask this and all my needs today through Christ our Lord. Amen.
"The end for which God has instituted the priesthood has been to appoint on earth public persons to watch over the honor of his divine majesty, and to procure the salvation of souls" (Alphonsus Maria de Liguori)
"O Priest! You are not yourself because you are God. You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ. You are not you own because you are the spouse of the Church. You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man. You are not from yourself because you are nothing. What then are you? Nothing and everything." (St. Norbert)
"The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world." (St. Bernardine of Siena)
"Do you wish to know if the people of any place are righteous? Look what sort of a pastor they have. If you find him pious, just, sound, believe the people will be the same, for they are seasoned with the salt of his wisdom." (St. John Chrysostum)
"What tongue, human or angelic, may ever describe a power so immeasurable as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass? Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man, which by nature hath not the power even to raise a straw from the ground, should obtain through grace a power so stupendous as to bring from Heaven to earth the Son of God?" (St. Leonard)
"Who is it that has an arm like the arm of God, and thunders with a voice like the thundering voice of God? It is the priest, who, in giving absolution, exerts the arm and voice of God, by which he rescues souls from Hell. According to St. Ambrose, a priest, in absolving a sinner, performs the very office of the Holy Ghost in the sanctification of souls." (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
"Here I am, for you have called me."
"He made them, the vicars of his love." (St. Ambrose)
"St. Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary; and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest -- always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest." (St. John Vianney)
"The worthy priest is an angel of purity in mind and body, a cherub of light and knowledge, a seraph of love and Charity, an apostle of zeal in work and sanctity, a little god on earth in power and authority, in patience and benignity. He is the living image of Christ in this world, of Christ watching, praying, preaching, catechizing, working, weeping, going from town to town, from village to village, suffering, agonizing, sacrificing Himself and dying for the souls created to His image and likeness. . . He is the light of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He is the destroyer of error, schisms and heresies, the converter of sinners, the sanctifier of the just, the strength of the weak, the consolation of the afflicted, the treasure of the poor. He is the confusion of hell, the glory of heaven, the terror of demons, the joy of angels, the ruin of Satan's kingdom, the establishment of Christ's empire, the ornament of the Church." (St. Jean Eudes)
Come by and chat a bit with your priest. It could be one of the most important conversations you'll ever have in your life, because it may be the beginning of your vocation to full happiness.
If you engage discernment and find out that God isn't calling to the priesthood, then you've gained great knowledge and direction towards the married or religious life; you've lost nothing.
Contact: Fr. Christopher Brashears