Failing My Vocation

If you realize now that you made a mistake years back by giving into your father’s pressure, but the sense of a call to the priesthood persists, look into it.
by Fr. Anthony Bannon, LC | Source:
Q. Dear Fr. Anthony,

I was a diocesan seminarian but left towards the end of my first year. I'd been asked by my bishop to take time out to consider my vocation as I wasn't really settling in. I was also under parental pressure to leave as my father is very career orientated and saw my vocation as a bit of a waste of a degree.

That was all five years ago now, and I still feel I've a calling but I don't know whether to do anything about it. I'm older, 28 now and financially independent. To be honest I'm really apprehensive about approaching anyone about this as I feel I blotted my copy by failing my vocation initially.

- Timothy

A. Dear Timothy,

Don’t live in the past.

If you realize now that you made a mistake years back by giving into your father’s pressure, but the sense of a call to the priesthood persists, look into it. Nobody is going to dwell too much on what happened back then, especially now that you are willing to take the step. What really matters is how you have been living since then, how strong you are now in your decisions, what your motivations are now in following the call.

God bless.

- Fr Anthony


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