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Parents and family play a very important role in supporting a young man who is considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. It is important to realize that a young man is responding to a call from God, and as is the case with all young people, he looks for affirmation and support from his family first and foremost.


Sometimes parents may not understand this calling. I urge you to remember certain scripture passages when Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn’t understand things in Jesus’ life. Scriptures say that Mary simply pondered these things in her heart.

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