Going to hell for rejecting vocation?
(05-31-2011, 08:13 PM)st.dominic_savio Wrote:
(05-31-2011, 08:04 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Are you asking if those who don't join the clergy are going to hell?  Are you serious?  Take a step back and a deep breath and ask yourself that question again. 

Quote:Is it fair to compare a young man's discernment in modern day society to that of the 12 apostles themselves 2,000 years ago? Or are they slightly different callings?

It is <i>always</i> right to view ourselves in contrast with the saints.  We should imitate their and Christ's life.  That doesn't mean we are all called to be in a religious order. 

Again, I think its best if you bring up these frequent concerns regarding your vocation to a priest.  If the way is truly that cloudy to you then you <i>must</i> seek spiritual guidance.

Yes I plan on meeting with a priest  this week for sure. I went on a date the other night, and it went really well. I was very happy for the first few hours afterwards. However, the next day I felt this huge sadness/despair/depression that I was becoming lukewarm and not following the right path God had sent to me. I am so depressed today I can't even describe it. I honestly feel sick to my stomach laying in bed in teh fetal position. And the worst part is is that I should really break up with the girl ASAP so I do not break her heart and destroy her feelings. Lately I have been looking up whether its normal to feel extremely depressed about your "calling" in life. Suprisingly, I found that there have been some saints who were not attracted to the religious life at all but did it because they thought that was what God wanted them to do, however reluctant they may be. I just read today that St. Therese's sister was not attracted to being a nun at all, but did it anyway. St Therese commended her on this because St. Therese felt that this depression/resentment her sister had towards her vocation was actually a sign it was the right one.

Again, I will bring this issue up to the priest this week I just wanted to get your opinions as well. I really don't have anyone to talk to about this. My family is set in their liberal NO ways and they have already tried to make sure that I am not pursuing the priesthood. Talking to them about this kind of stuff will just screw me up even more. Thank you.

Glad you're scheduled to meet up with a priest.  You're a convert, right?  I'm a revert.  Brother I'm no priest but if I would ever put money on scruples you'd be my horse in the race.  I will pray that this meeting goes well and that you can breathe.  For now <b>pray</b> to God that you might receive the grace to surrender your will over to him.  Let him show you what needs to be done.  Pray for patience.  I will too.
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Re: Going to hell for rejecting vocation? - by Mithrandylan - 05-31-2011, 08:23 PM

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