"First, pray for direction."
"Spend regular time in a quiet place -- whether that be in a church, in a place of natural beauty, or even in your own room.
"Ask God for his help and guidance. God will answer these prayers. Sometimes it might be answered in a direct experience of prayer. Other times, it might be answered through other circumstances or by people around you. But if you pray, it opens your heart to recognize the signs that God gives to you.
"SECONDLY, talk with others.
"Consider your gifts. Seek direction from people that you already know and trust, who already have a relationship with the Lord. Perhaps that will be a priest, a religious sister or brother, or a parent.
"THIRDLY, be aware of your feelings.
"What is it that truly brings you satisfaction, peace, and joy? Know your fears and know that God calls you past those fears.
"LASTLY, trust God.
"Know and believe that God loves you and wants what is best for you. God has made you a unique person. Your gifts, the gift of your life, your background and circumstances, come together to form a wonderful mosaic. It is that priceless work that is you that God calls forth.Remember that ultimately, true happiness does not come in imitating what other do, or living up to the expectations of peers or family members. True, lasting, and profound happiness is found solely in embracing the will of God."
from a reflection by Father Len Plazewski,
Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Saint Petersburg