The first thing to have in mind is that in the case of religious vocation, that the Church has to test and “discern” vocations and ordain or disqualify someone who is interested in the priesthood or religious life. Even marriage, the Church can decide that one isn’t fit to be married and deny them the sacrament.
However, as to the question of how to know when God is calling you to a vocation, it is mainly by having the persistent desire. Such desires need be tested by a trusted spiritual guide, advisably a holy priest who will check and see if you are desiring a real vocation or just a wrong image of a vocation. Also, you can never be certain, as is especially the case with religious life and priesthood, that God is calling you until you are professed or receive ordination.
In short: You will really want to be that which God is calling you to; you will desire it so much so that you will be joyous when you finally receive the gift of that vocation. Be it priesthood, religious life or marriage.


  • Michael Forsyth says:

    Or the single life. That is a calling too.


    Does this testing of vocations prevent the will of God in our descerning lives? You find enthusiastic young men will dedicate their time to serve God but in e process or even at the last moments of their ordination they are being asked to withdraw for no serious or vocation-preventable offence of theirs. In this testing process, foundation stones are rejected, just like they (Pharisees and Scribes) did to the Lord Jesus Himself.

  • Ace Perez says:

    Why look on to the negative side of a vocation and not to the positive result of being a priest in the course of human history. As a human everyone is bound to have failures but to have an affinity towards the divine drives a person to desire something better than himself alone.

  • Traci says:

    Yes because there are priests and nuns that have the same issues that the candidates do, but instead of helping them, they just get rid of them…..

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