Members of the Order of Conventual Franciscans joined us for today’s broadcast. Fr. John Bamman, Vocation Director for the Midwestern Province of Our Lady of Consolation and Deacon John Clote discussed their discernment and acceptance to God’s calling to the clergy. Both are second year vocations. Fr. John says he set out to find the recipe for happiness but had restlessness before actively visiting religious communities to hear God’s will for him. He talks about the pains of discernment and the feeling of peace when you find the Lord’s calling.
Deacon Clote said his earliest memories regarding his vocational journey was from a Carmelite monastery where an impression was made upon him to make regular visits in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He says the gospel, the Eucharist and devotion the Blessed Virgin Mary caused a reversion of his faith in his secular work as a broadcast journalist. He says “there is a sense inside of you that something more needs to take place” in your life. His ‘yes’ has increased his experience to learn how God has and is touching his life. He says there is something beautiful and attractive about answering God’s call…”a voice that reaches down deep and is persistant.”