Vocation to the Priesthood: A Supernatural Calling

"Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God." (Hebr. 5:4)

Why did God create you? What is He calling you to do? What line of work will fulfill you and truly make you happy? Discerning a vocation is a key step in everyone’s life. Here is some helpful advice concerning the beautiful vocation of the Catholic priesthood.

A vocation, generally speaking, is simply a call from God to a certain state of life. Marriage, in this sense, is a vocation, and so too are all the various professions, such as a doctor, teacher, or carpenter. God thus calls us all to a certain vocation, one which best suits our talents, best prepares us for Heaven, and most honors Him. Everyone has a duty to discern and fulfill this vocation.

The priesthood is also a vocation, but one infinitely superior to all other vocations because it is supernatural. God wants to shower humanity with abundant blessings and graces, and He has chosen the priest to be the special instrument for this task. Without the priest and the sacraments, many souls will spiritually starve and will find it hard to get to Heaven. This is why discerning true priestly vocations is of the utmost importance.
 

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