A sense of a spiritual call by God to serve His people through the priesthood, discernment is the process by which you come to know what God wants for your life. Rather than asking God to bless your life in the way in which you have chosen to live and serve Him, discernment is choosing to serve Him in whichever way He invites you. In order to fully become what God wants you to be, you must be willing to listen and hear God speak His desire for your life.  

Discernment is experienced through recurring thoughts, a growing attraction to the priesthood, and a blossoming sense that you can find your fulfillment by serving God as a servant-leader. True discernment requires what St. Ignatius of Loyola calls Holy Indifference—far from a lack of caring, it is the state of being so confident in God’s love and desire for your greatest happiness, that you no longer feel the need to grasp for that which you think will make you happy, but rather be open to the plan God has for you. 

The process of discernment allows you to grow in intimacy with Christ, to become more mature in faith and love, and to deepen your knowledge of and trust in God. Choosing what Christ wants is not done out of fear, resignation, or obligation, but instead it is experienced with great joy—as you grow in intimacy with God and your inner self, you find that what He wants is truly what you want. 

God speaks to you in a variety of ways, through your thoughts, feelings, and desires. Thus, you must take time throughout the day to reflect on your thoughts; and allow liturgical, communal and private prayer to sustain your growth in your relationship with Christ. Beyond listening to God’s call, however, discernment requires taking action on that call. Do not let worry about making a wrong choice paralyze you from making any decision, as perfection has no place in discernment. God has a beautiful plan for your life, but you must be willing to act upon it. 

Read our recent blog on the steps to becoming a priest. 

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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In Christ,
Fr. William Hahn