One of the problems with a son discerning a vocation to the priesthood is the unknown. What is in his future? What will his life be like? If your son was going to be an accountant, you would have a pretty good idea what his life would be like. An individual’s view of priesthood is limited by their own experiences for better or for worse.
Parents need to see authentic examples of a discernment road that has led to priesthood. Perhaps you don’t have a view of what a joyful, fulfilling life of a priest looks like. Knowing that you are doing exactly what God put you on this earth to do yields a peace, contentment and joy that is difficult to describe, but is plain to see.
This video shares the story of 2 young men who grew up with the typical life experiences of girlfriends, sports and school. They share how, over time, they grew to understand that God was calling them to a different way of life; something totally unexpected and unknown.
Yes, the road ahead is filled with question marks for you and your son. The difference is that your son wants to take the road of questions with a trust in the Lord that you may not be able to understand at this moment.
So what should you do? If your son is willing to travel that road with trust; it is your role to trust your son, the vocation director, your bishop, the seminary and the discernment process.
If you want to see more examples of the daily life of a priest, go to Youtube and type in “A Day in the Life of a Priest.”
Please know that the authors of the blog pray daily for parents of discerning sons and daughters to find understanding and peace