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Saints who chose wrong vocation?

Are there saints who chose the wrong vocation—i.e., entered into a certain state of life without having any attraction to it?
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What saints were able to accurately determine what vocation God is calling someone to?

Saints sometimes exhibited mystical phenomena in the cognoscitive order such as visions, locutions, revelations, discernment of spirits, and hierognosis (ability to distinguish blessed from profane ...
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According to Catholic moral theologians, is it more conducive to the unbaptized's possible salvation to marry or remain single?

According to Catholic moral theologians, is it more conducive to the unbaptized's possible salvation to marry (other unbaptized) or remain single?
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Kinds of "Traffic" Catholic Priests are Forbidden to Engage in

According to Instruction VIII of St. Alphonsus Liguori's Dignity and Duties of the Priest: In conformity with the words of the Apostle: No man being a soldier to God entangleth himself with secular ...
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What is "grace of state"?

In the context of vocations, what is a "grace of state"? not to be confused with "state of grace" (having sanctifying grace) Chad Ripperger, Introduction to the Science of Mental ...
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Catholic doctrine on spiritual vocation

I was reading Angelic Doctor about religious vocation (= a invation from God to life as dioceasn priest or in some kind of religous order (like Dominicans, Franciscans...)) and it seems that he did ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of priesthood?

Approaching this from a Catholic perspective, what are good signs that God is calling you to the vocation of priesthood, in other words, what must one look for to know whether you are called to the ...
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How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? [duplicate]

According to Catholicism, How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? If one is contemplating being a diocesan priest, what is the normal way one should do things in order to determine ...
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How does one discern a calling to the vocation of religious life?

Approaching this from a Catholic perspective, I'd like to ask believers how they came to know that they were called to join the religious life (as a brother or nun), as opposed to the other vocations (...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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What is the Catholic practice to find God's will for lay Catholics?

In the evangelical circles, finding God's will for one's life is a very common topic, with a "recipe" that looks like this Christianity.com article: How Do We Know God’s Will for Our Lives?. ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians NOT to quit their jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel?

While an argument can be made that all Christians should quit their "secular" jobs, sell all their possessions, and preach the gospel fulltime, I am thinking that its basis may not biblical. What then ...
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What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Thomistic understanding of vocation?

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Thomistic understanding of vocation and how is the action of the Holy Spirit manifest when one is being called to religious state? Related questions: ...
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In the Catholic Church, what are the options for a person whose spouse abandons them?

In the Catholic Church, a marriage is considered a life-long state that can't be dissolved. However, it sometimes happens that one spouse abandons the other. For example, let's assume Alice is married ...
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History of the doctrine of religious vocation in Catholic Church

I am reading Aquinas and I am puzzled by his view on religious vocation and common view in the Church today (I will for sake of simplicity call it a modern view) about religious vocation. In On the ...
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What is the biblical basis for women, particularly mothers, working outside of the home?

I'm wondering about the sinfulness of women, particularly mothers, working outside the home. Perhaps 1 Timothy 5:8 could be understood to mean that only the husband is to provide for the family: ...