Responding to God's Call:
When a person begins thinking about following Jesus Christ as a priest, religious sister, or consecrated layperson, there are many different reactions from family and friends. Sometimes people are very supportive; other times, people react very strongly against the idea. Usually, it is a mix of the two.
Lent is upon us and some things come to mind as I ponder what might be going through a discerner’s heart and mind.
A couple of months back I wondered if being a sede vacante (vacant seat) diocese would affect the number of men who seek to discern the priesthood. This is because from a theological point of view the bishop is the point of unity for a diocese and plays a central role in the work of vocations.