Yes! Every Baptized person is called to be holy: Be holy because I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16.
Beyond this universal call to holiness, God calls each of us to a particular state in life: Married, Religious, Priesthood or Generous Single.
In Latin, the word for discernment is discernere, which means to separate or to distinguish. Through discernment, we can distinguish between “being in the world”, and “being of the world”. As Christians, we are all called to holiness first and foremost. By seeking after Christ and putting His Word into action in our own daily lives, we conform to His will and can distinguish what our next steps are.
Discerning God’s will entails praying and listening in silence with the Lord.
In prayer, we must learn to discern the voice of the Lord from the voices of the world, the flesh and the devil.
A Diocesan Priest is quite different from a Religious Order Priest, though they are both important roles in the church. A Diocesan Priest serves in the parishes of a geographic diocese or archdiocese and makes promises of:
The majority of Religious Order Priests serve in communities, monasteries, and sometimes in parishes. A Religious Order Priest takes vows of: