Life changing decisions are some of the most challenging and exciting and terrifying challenges that we will ever face as human beings. It goes without saying that different people approach them differently and at different times. Some people are blessed to instantly know what the course of their life will take from a very early in life. Others don’t realize the true calling of their hearts until much later. For me, I didn’t realize my path until middle age. Some would say I’m a little “long in the tooth” for it; but I’m grateful that I was able to discern what I am meant to do. Not everyone is so lucky. Some people never figure it out.
For as long as I can remember, I had a deep desire to help others. I’ve always felt empathy for those were hurting and lonely and friendless, which I’ve always considered to be my best quality. Still, I never, in my wildest dreams, would have considered that helping others would have been my true calling… My life’s work, at least not until I discovered the Franciscans.
Welcome to my ongoing story of how I am becoming (have become, if you are reading this years from now) a Friar in the Order of Friars Minor. In this series, I will take you with me on my journey of discovery, discernment, and formation. It is my hope that, through my experience, you might be inspired to follow the calling of your heart, no matter how old you might be or where that calling might take you.
Anyway, God bless; and I hope you enjoy this series.
- A History of Discernment and Calling
- A Life-Changing Telephone Call
- A First Step Toward A Vocation
- An Enrapturing Weekend Experience