What are the first steps?

Are you interested in what God is calling you to do?

Follow the steps below to grow closer to Jesus so you can hear his voice and follow him.

1. Pray!

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God”

St. Therese of Lisieux, CCC 2559

God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

2. Order Your Life Towards God

As you seek the Lord and grow in relationship with Him through prayer, ask Him how He wants you to live in accordance with His will.

  • Attend Mass every Sunday (daily, if possible).
  • Receive Holy Communion frequently.
  • Seek to be more like Christ.
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently.
  • Make a commitment to grow closer to God every day.
  • Commit to a daily life of prayer.
  • Live the Beatitudes.
  • Witness to Christ in your everyday life by living a life of charity, of sacrifice, of total commitment to Him, and by sharing your faith with others.
  • Be active- serve in your local parish as God is calling you.

Through prayer, seek a life centered on Christ, totally abandoned to Him.

“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

(Matt 16:24-25)

3. Decide on a Spiritual Director

Spiritual Direction is assistance given to persons in discernment, in growing in holiness and in the practice of Christian virtue. A spiritual director helps the directee in this under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who is the true director.

4. Good Spiritual Reading

5. Act

Find out about upcoming events in the Vocation’s Office that will help you discern what God is calling you to do and be with your life!

6. Live Healthy Relationships

To live a healthy and holy relationship, we need to live the virtue of chastity. The chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and live placed in Him.

Chastity means the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of the person in body and spirit. Chastity allows us to control our passions, to make choices that are truly free, and to seek what is good for ourselves and for others.

The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship by showing us how to follow Christ and how to imitate Him who has given himself totally to us and who allows us to share in His divine life.

Chastity is the freedom to follow God’s call and a promise of immortality. (adapted CCC 2337-2347)

7. Listen to the Lord

As you discern God’s call, continue to turn to Him in prayer. Make a commitment to daily prayer and speak to Him from the heart. Ask Him to help you to be open to whatever He might ask. Be willing to investigate the possibilities as you continue to follow these steps throughout your discernment. Abandon yourself totally to Him, and He will guide you. In the words of Mary,

“Do whatever He tells you.”

(John 2:5)