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Honesty is the best policy in this regard. We are all Catholics here, so I wouldn't call considering a vocation to be a turn-off, but it is something that deserves respectful discernment, as a call to the priesthood obviously means a celibate life with no marriage.
My own personal views are that it is probably best to focus one's attention on discernment of one path in life or the other, and not both at the same time, if you are truly not sure which path is for you yet. They are quite different paths to live out the Catholic faith and serve God, and each deserves the time, attention and prayerful discernment necessary. Taking a few of the many steps in the journey of each path before you reach a point where there is no turning back may be helpful if you are truly not sure what path is for you yet. It would still be honest to indicate that a vocation is being considered as you take steps in both paths.
I hope what I am saying makes sense and is helpful. Perhaps others have more specific advice?
Hello Phillip - not a turn off per se. Mine used to be yes and realized, this is just me, that I don't want to miss out if religious life is for me so I did take myself off this site to not get "distracted". Then I was able to enter into discernment better and it was a great journey.
If you are not already, you might consider praying daily to God that he will make your vocation known to you and in his time, he will. Also, if you've never read "Religious Vocation, an Unnecessary Mystery" by Richard Butler, I can't recommend it highly enough. God bless you.
Hello Philip - I highly, and I can't emphasize this enough, I highly recommend to first find a spiritual director if you don't have one already. Contact your local Diocese because I am almost sure they have a Vocations Director. It might a be a little different for men. Do you want to go to the Priesthood or be a consecrated brother? Again these are questions that a spiritual director can assist you with. What gifts do you have that will be best suited in a the charism of a particular order etc. But again, I recommend that you first find a spiritual director - I wll be praying for you Best wishes on your journey - let God surprise you. Keep doing what you're doing though - especially adoration.
Personally I think that if you feel that you might be called to the religious life, then you should pursue it. I have a friend that discerned his call to the priesthood for two years before submitting the application. It's not something to take lightly, and a lot of thought needs to be put into.
He told me about a talk with a spiritual director on whether how to be sure if it's a true calling. The answer he got was that you'll never really know 100 percent, but you don't let that stop you from trying to do something wonderful. I imagine it's the same advice you would receive if getting married. As long as you are honest with yourself and listen for God's directions, you can't go wrong. Not for very long at least. :)
It would be extremely difficult to try and discern your call when in a relationship or searching for a relationship. I think you should focus your time and energy in your relationship with God before you can truly commit to someone else. I also think that if you did find yourself a nice girl and started dating then it could be potentially heartbreaking for her, if you realized you were called to the priesthood.
I'll say a prayer for you tonight, to help you on your journey! God Bless!