Discovering Catholicism was a life-changing epiphany, and I was fortunate to have a good Catholic priest direct me as I prepared to be received into the Church. I watched these young preists celebrating Mass and serving their people with energy and joy. I realized that the priesthood was not a safe, quiet life, but an adventure with real risk and spiritual warfare.

Mr. James Moursund

Throughout our lives, God beckons us to take small steps to gradually align us with His plan for us. As we cooperate with Him, He reveals more and more of His will. I have seen so many ways, some subtle and some miraculous, that The Lord has invited me to seriously discern priesthood.

​ I grew up in a Protestant household and was exposed to liturgical prayer and practices from my infancy. My family was involved in parish life, and we grew accustomed to serving God and others through church activities. As a teenager I began to discover Beauty, first in classical music and then in the rituals and writings from Christian tradition. God spoke to me and reinforced the idea that He transmits grace and goodness through these modes of expression and thought. I believed in Truth and I saw it in what was beautiful.

Even before I considered studying Catholicism, I imagined myself saying the words I had heard at church growing up: the words of consecration and of blessing. But through difficult adolescent years, I found myself questioning my childhood faith. At age eighteen I found myself in a spiritual quandary: I wanted to know the Truth, and I wanted to live truthfully. My heart was restless to better know the nature of God and what he wanted from me. At the suggestion of some friends, I went to my room, shut the door, and prayed that God would show me his will. I felt like I demanded this from God. The Lord answered my prayers in a very tangible way. The next morning, I received a letter in the mail unlike I have ever received. It was from a church somewhere in the Midwest. It didn’t ask for money, but instead contained prayer request forms that could be filled in and sent back to the church. The letter contained a note saying, “God has heard your petition and answered your prayers. He has a plan for your life, and he will call you to your particular path.” There was scripture and many words of encouragement. At this I broke down and thanked God for speaking to me. I told Him I would continue to pray and to listen for His voice.

Discovering Catholicism was a life-changing epiphany, and I was fortunate to have a good Catholic priest direct me as I prepared to be received into the Church. I watched these young preists celebrating Mass and serving their people with energy and joy. I realized that the priesthood was not a safe, quiet life, but an adventure with real risk and spiritual warfare. The call to action rang in my heart, and regardless of the specifics of my vocation I wish to give my life in the service of God. If this path leads me to the priesthood, it will be the great adventure of my life. Please keep praying for our clergy and seminarians, and may the Lord’s will be done!