"GOD OFTEN FIRES US UP WITH AMBITIONS WHICH MAY NEVER HAPPEN SO THAT WE CAN EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY AND GROW IN SENSITIVITY TO GOD'S WILL. "

- St Francis de Sales

Discerning a Vocation           

The discernment process (for one discerning priesthood or religious life) might involve reflection on some or all of the following:

  • - Listening: to my life - my yearnings, my aptitudes, my gifts, my personality, what gives me life?
  • - What am I passionate about?
  • - Am I attracted by a life of service and a concern for justice?
  • - Am I attracted to a life of prayer and liturgy?
  • - Motivation: what is my real motivation?
  • - Are my temperament and aptitudes suited to the type of life I'm thinking about?
  • - Am I attracted to the spirit and lifestyle of the congregation I'm thinking about?
  • - Can I live a celibate lifestyle in a community, without the more intimate support of a wife/husband and family?

Some characteristics which might show evidence of a Salesian Vocation:

  • - Ability to live and work in community
  • - Feel drawn towards working with young people
  • - A desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus
  • - Good health and required educational standards
  • - A sense of humour.

If these thoughts raise more questions you might like to download Fr John Horanís reflections on Don Bosco as a man with a dream here ( download pdf Don Bosco a man with a dream)

If you think discernment is a deadly serious and anxious process think again. For Salesians the search for Godís will is always an adventure which includes cheerfulness and optimism because, whilst we are searching for God, we also believe that God has already found us and loves us as we are.

John Cleese on Vocational Guidance