There are many in the church who believe I have a calling to the P word. I’ve always been “open” to the calling but always felt unworthy. Because of interactions last year, I thought it was appropriate to look moreinto it. I did find that it’s a good thing to feel unworthy because no one is really worthy of ANYTHING God gives us, let alone the vocation of Holy Orders. Today, I want to present 4 saints who said no to a vocation due to unworthiness.
And by the way, the following 4 saints are HUGE saints. It’s a “no no” to use capital letters with writing but I’ll do it because these ARE huge saints in our Church! And what they all have in common is the fact that they said no to the objectively higher calling (but not subjectively higher calling for them as they chose the right calling for themselves in particular).
1) Saint Francis of Assisi. The most well known saint even to non-catholics, was a deacon and did not become a priest due to feeling unworthy of that vocation. #humility
We could end with St. Francis but there’s more awesomeness.
2) Saint Thomas More. Plenty of people felt he had a calling to the priesthood but he decided “to be a chaste husband rather than an impure priest.”
3) Saint Robert Bellarmine. Twice he was voted to be the pope. But he would not accept. He said, “if picking up that piece of straw there would make me pope, then it would never leave the ground.”
4) Saint Pope Pius X did not feel worthy of becoming a pope, BUT accepted it because he believed it was a sign that the day of the voting happened to also be the feast day of Saint Dominic. He had a special place in his heart for the Dominicans and had earlier in his life looked into a vocation with them. He loved them but chose not to join them. The clues point me to GUESS that he felt unworthy to join them.
For the lovers of the Dominans, a HUGE saint for us is St. Martin de Porres. He took religious vows but as a brother, and NOT as a priest.
Just some good ol’ info for ya when you see a single practicing catholic fella! Pray for vocations but for holy vocations!
Going old school,