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Offline h1478971

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teens and vocations
« on: April 15, 2011, 05:05:16 PM »
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  • how do teens discern a vocation?   What are the signs?

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    « Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 08:17:28 PM »
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  • Well, the first step is to pray for God's Will. So many people these days asks God to help them because this or that without asking Him what He wants them to be. So praying for God's Will is important. It will likely be a while before your prayers are answered, but God will reveal His plans to you eventually.

    And when God calls one to the religious life, trust me, you will know. God will make sure of it. You know, Mother Angelica originally couldn't have even pictured herself as a nun, yet ended up being one. She was kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament one day (it was either that or a statue of Our Lady, I can't remember which one) and it was then she realized God wanted her to be a nun. So don't worry, God will eventually let you know what His Will is.

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    « Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 10:57:46 PM »
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  • A person does not need a thunderbolt type of revelation to know that they have a vocation.  The nice thing about the religious life is that there is a trial period before vows are taken (aspirancy, postulancy and then promises before first vows are taken) and so even if someone isn't completely sure about the religious life, they can often try it out to find out if it is the vocation for them.

    The qualities necessary for one to be a religious are religious piety, good health, average or above intelligence and a willing heart and desire to be a religious.  One must also usually be free of debt (or have someone willing to take over their debt).  You asked about teens, so debt shouldn't be a problem.  A confessor or pastor who knows the person can help him or her discern whether or not they have a vocation.  

    I have been told that a young person may pray for a religious vocation and God could bless that person with a vocation.  Parents and teachers of young people should do what they can to foster vocations.  

    Vocations are fostered by striving to keep the world, the flesh and the devil out of the home and school, and striving for a love and devotion to the practice of the Faith in the family.  I have heard many religious and priests attribute their vocations to the daily family Rosary that their parents always (or usually) prayed with them and to a devotion to Our Lady.  


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