May 23, 2009

Post For Those Who Change Their Path

It takes courage to answer a call to the seminary or convent. It takes courage to prayerfully discern that the life is not for you. Never doubt the Lord has a plan for you no matter your state in life and you are still loved and wanted by Him.

Gentle Reader: Please pray for those in discernment.


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I picked up that phone once - but nobody was calling.

LOL! Now that is memorable. I bet Mitchell does a post on it; "Wish I'd Said That."

May 23, 2009 10:07 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

PS - If you find out what His plan was for me, let me know.

May 23, 2009 10:08 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: I'm still trying to figure out His plan for ME! If He mentions you, I'll let you know!

May 23, 2009 10:17 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

I had 2 friends leave the convent this week. That fact does not mean that they are not called to that life. What it means is that they are not called to that particular community.

It is actually very common for someone to stay for a time at one place, and there discern his or true calling to a different facet of that lifestyle. Such as starting in the seminary, then then becoming a Franciscan Friar. Or starting in an active community, and leaving for the cloister.

There are different seasons, and that's why no one makes an immediate committment.

May 23, 2009 11:41 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I was in the seminary many years ago. I left, sensing God was calling me to something else.

I suspect my three daughters - and maybe even my wife - are happy I made that discernment!

May 25, 2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

There have been a number of saints who left one or more monasteries/convents for another. Father Corapi left the Franciscans after a couple of years. There are some current priests who had difficulties with our seminary years ago but were ordained eventually.

But God keeps calling some. I posted on a retired airline pilot in our archdiocese who will be ordained as a priest at age 62 next weekend.

It seems to me that someplace a priest has been ordained in his 80s. It's up to the bishop or abbot.

May 25, 2009 3:01 PM  

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