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Discerning with an Open Heart...

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had thoughts of the priesthood in the back of my mind. My reverent demeanor often made people at my parish and my high school wonder if I might have a call to the priesthood. Sometimes these people would bring it up every month or so. Even now, every once in awhile someone will approach me, after seeing me nicely dressed at Mass or after noticing the San Damiano crucifix that I wear around my neck, to ask me if I’m on the road to the priesthood. One man even assumed that I was already ordained a deacon!

Despite all these recommendations, questions, and fleeting thoughts, I don’t think that I’m really called to the priesthood, at least not right now. I don’t know how I know that–I just get the feeling that marriage is more for me. But even though I think I have a good idea of what my long-term vocation is, I can’t even pretend to know exactly what God has in store for me over the next several years, months, or even days. As a result, I’m trying my hardest to keep my heart open to whatever God might be calling me to do.

I think that this open-heartedness is a good thing to have, no matter what your vocation is. Even if you’re already married, ordained, or consecrated, being open-minded is crucial to discerning what God wants us to do.



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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."