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My Vocation Journey: Perry Stamwise

As a Catholic, there are many ways to live out our faith and serve God. One of the most meaningful ways to do this is by discerning a vocation. Whether it be to the priesthood, religious life, or marriage, discerning a vocation can be a life-changing experience that brings us closer to God and helps us to live out our purpose in life.

When I was in my early twenties, I was unsure about what I wanted to do with my life. I had just graduated college and was working at a job that didn't bring me much fulfillment. I had always been involved in my Catholic faith, but I felt like there was something missing. It was during this time that I started to seriously consider a vocation to the priesthood.

At first, I was hesitant to even consider this path. I thought that it was something that only a select few were called to, and I didn't think I was worthy. But as I prayed more and talked to others who had discerned a vocation, I began to feel a sense of peace and excitement about the possibility.

Discerning a vocation isn't always easy. It requires a lot of prayer, self-reflection, and guidance from others. But as I went through the process, I began to feel a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. I knew that I was on the right path.

Ultimately, I did not end up becoming a priest, but the process of discernment was still incredibly valuable. It helped me to better understand myself and my relationship with God. It also led me to a career that I am passionate about and allows me to use my talents to serve others.

If you are considering a vocation, my advice would be to pray and seek guidance from others. Talk to priests or religious sisters or brothers and ask them about their experiences. Attend retreats or discernment events to learn more about the different vocations. And most importantly, trust in God's plan for your life. He has a unique purpose for each of us, and if we are open to it, He will guide us on the path that is right for us.

Remember, discerning a vocation is not just about what we do, but about who we are called to be. It is a journey of self-discovery and deepening our relationship with God. So take the time to discern, and trust that God will lead you to where you are meant to be.


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