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There's not a lot that can be done in this particular instance. One possibility is for Alice to argue that if Ben saw fit to leave, he didn't seem to be taking the marriage vows very seriously, and perhaps the marriage wasn't valid after all. Catholicism regards marriage as including a permanent state of fidelity to one's spouse; Ben's leaving might be used ...


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The question of whether you are called to be a priest, or really any other specific calling, is not one you make on your own. If you feel you might be called to such a thing you should follow a number of steps. Since we don't give personal spiritual advice, this will be generic advice. First, pray about it. Ask God to show you whether he is really calling ...


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You seem to be alluding to the account of the rich young man in the Gospels: Matthew 19:16-22 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He ...


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Yes, at least for the first two elements of quitting and selling. Let me explain. First, however, an illustrative anecdote. Years ago I had the privilege of interacting in person with the now late author, Anglican priest, and theologian John R. W. Stott. I remember him talking about a young man who when asked what his career path was going to be replied, &...


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"One should take long time to discern his religious vocation." From Fr. William Doyle, S.J.'s Vocations: 7. Deliberation It follows from what has been said that once the voice of God is recognized, that is when the thought of leaving the world has been more or less constantly before the mind for some time, and the souls realizes, even though she ...


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It seems you're asking about the difference between precepts and counsels. All are bound to follow the precepts (10 Commandments, Precepts of the Church, etc.), but a person not bound by religious vows does not sin by not living up to the counsels (poverty, chastity, obedience) to their fullest. See: St. Thomas Aquinas's question "Whether, in this life, ...


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I believe Luke 3:10-14, provides some guidance on this. After getting baptized from John, People who do secular jobs for their living asks what they need to do further. Here we don't see John the baptist asking them to leave their secular jobs. However its clear that we are expected to be content with what we have Luke 3 10 “What should we do then?” the ...


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Beyond what's been brought up already, you have keep in mind the consistent biblical emphasis on motives, not merely actions. Why you're doing something (or refusing to do something) is at least as important -- and very often more important -- than what you're doing (or refusing to do). The easy example for this is Isaiah 29:13 & Matthew 15:8: "These ...


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This is a great question! The Bible does have an obvious slant against "filthy lucre," and well it should, because it's simple (even trivial) to put the pursuit of money ahead of our faith in the Lord. But, the Bible also suggests that labor is not in itself a distraction from the path of Christ. The story begins a long, long time ago... with Adam. And ...


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Here are some resources: Vocation to the Religious State by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Vocations Explained: Matrimony, Virginity, the Religious State and the Priesthood by A Vincentian Father. Vocations by Rev. William Doyle, S.J. Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery by Fr. Richard Butler, O.P. See also Pope Pius XII's apostolic constitution Sede ...


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My own pastor has shared stories that he knew at a young age that he was called to the priesthood. As a young boy of 8 or 9 he says he "just knew" which is in keeping with a seed planted by God for the vocation. Oftentimes, young boys who are part of church-going families will mimic the parts of Mass and that is something that shows their interest. Of course ...


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I have found the Ignatian way of spiritual discernment to be helpful. It may not be immediately helpful as, like anything else of value, it takes time to learn. Basically, this practice involves meditation on Christ's life as a means to center and ground your own life in Christ. It also involves becoming more aware of your own affections and dispositions so ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in leading one into religious life in his Contra doctrinam retrahentium a religione (Refutation of the Pernicious Teaching of Those Who Would Deter Men from Entering Religious Life) ch. 9, "Answers to the Arguments Used to Prove That Before Entering Religious Life a Man Ought to Deliberate for a ...


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Father Romanus Cessario, O.P.'s essay, Thomas Aquinas and Vocational Discernment may be of use to you. There he argues that the Ignatian commentarial tradition deviates from a Thomistic understanding of grace and vocation. For example: Aquinas does not encourage a man to practice a “discernment” of Dominican life in order to distinguish it from other ...


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Let's examine the standard view about this passage and similar hard teachings. It is taught that believers should be ready to give up everything, but only when commanded, called, hear God's voice. In the meantime, we are expected to be shrewd, that means, wise stewards, of the resources God has kept in our care. The trouble with this teaching is that it ...


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In my short months of trying to find God, I've read many books. One such that I am reading now is called "The Elijah Task" by John Loren & Paula Sandford. However, before you go on to read this, please know that what I write is my knowledge from books from servants of God (which I digest and actually remember) and all of which are charismatic so, there ...


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First of all, it is important to be open. Many people do not even consider the priesthood. Next, God will not call you to be a priest if you will absolutely hate it. Doing His will will make you happy. Also, you must consider your age. If you are 15, don't expect God to tell you what you are going to do with you life just yet; you don't need to know yet....


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I can't answer directly from a Catholic point of view, but the identification of a calling to the priesthood in the Anglican church probably has some similarities. I also know people who have been called to religious communities. The key thing is that the identification of such a calling is done by the community. Thus you don't show up at a theological ...


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There is a book called, To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett Brannen, which deals with this quite extensively. It's an almost must read to get insight into the process and lifestyle.


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