Something stirred within me. I thought, "Oh nuts! I think I'm suppose to do this." I almost threw my Bible on the ground. In frustration, I cried out to God, "Lord, I don't get it. I thought of marriage once, that didn't fit; the brotherhood didn't fit, I started dating again, that didn't fit ..." Suddenly, I heard a clear voice speaking to me: "John, I'm inviting you to live single and to do it as a priest." Although the voice would not have been audible to another, it was certainly not my own voice--I had never even considered the priesthood. I responded, "Lord, if that's what you want me to do, then you better give me a desire for it, because I don't have it." By the fifth day, I longed to know more about the priesthood. God takes care of everything. With a holy desire, everything else falls into place. God gives us all the graces we need to follow the desires he places in our heart.
Copyright 2019 Patti Maguire Armstrong
About the Author
Patti Maguire Armstrong is the mother of 10, and has a B.A. in social work and M.A. in public administration. Her newest book is Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith & Get to Heaven. Others include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and the Amazing Grace Series. Follow her at @PattiArmstrong and read her blog at PattiMaguireArmstrong.com.