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Guide to Discerning – Spiritual Director

Spiritual Director

A spiritual director is not a formal title or a job description, but rather a role that could be played by anyone within your life. Ideally, the person to help you discern whether or not you’re meant to be a priest would be another priest; but any holy, trustworthy person whom you believe truly found what God wanted for them can help shed light on this process. A spiritual director isn’t there to tell you what to do or how to feel. Their job is to help create an environment within you that is receptive to God’s Voice and ready to accept His wishes.

Your home pastor probably knows you better than any other priest (unless you have a sibling or other relative in the priesthood). Try talking to him about your vocation; you might be surprised by the insights he has to offer. We may be priests, but we’re people, too. We live in this world, and we understand the distractions and fears that may be preventing you from fully opening yourself to the Word of God.

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