It is crucial that adults transmit the legacy of the Christian faith in order to encourage young people to know and love God who became man in Jesus Christ. This is to be done not only by words, but also by an exemplary life radically committed to the desire of conformity to God’s will.
In the past, many Christians made that radical choice and set out on the path of holiness by serving Christ in the little ones, renouncing a salary and marriage, teaching “gratis et amore Dei”. Today, more than ever, Catholic teachers are needed, so that education might not be just a job to earn a living, but an apostolate, an altar where one sacrifices oneself for the good of the students and the salvation of their souls.
Young Catholics should seriously ask themselves whether they might enter a congregation dedicated to education. In traditionalist Catholic communities, at present, only few congregations are committed to combining religious life and apostolate among young people. You can find their contacts on our website. If you are looking for an association or an educational community with a particular spirituality or purpose (e.g. catechism, school teaching, vocational education, oratory, scouting, extra-school youth apostolate, etc.), we can put you in touch with people interested in a similar apostolate.
Prerequisites for a religious calling to become a teacher
– right intention (to serve God in the neighbor)
– spirit of Faith (try to see everything in the light of Revelation)
– readiness to give up a comfortable life and a family
– ability to integrate oneself into a community, respecting its rules
– regularity in prayer and sacramental life
– completion of university studies or vocational training
– positive experiences in education or school
Signs against a teaching vocation
– psychic / affective problems
– lack of patience
– pedophile, ephebophilic or homosexual tendencies
– aversion to prayer and penance
What are the steps to be taken to discern a vocation?
– ask for advice (to a priest, close friend or family members)
– organize a visit to communities that could be eligible
– agree on any steps to be taken with their superior