More of my own commentary following.
Q: Aren’t you making too much of this present mood of discernment? Isn’t it simply a way of urging people to be mindful about dedicating their life to God?
A: Always ask for what you want. If you want mindfulness, ask for mindfulness. If you want religious vocations, ask for them. If you want vocations for the sake of increasing acts of holiness, why not just ask for acts of holiness?
What if you want to make sure you are doing what you believe God wants you to do in life? Isn’t that very prayerful consideration what discernment even is?
Q: But isn’t that what we’re doing? We we’re asking for someone to choose something freely after discernment!
A: Why is this how it is happening? Why isn’t a bishop going out like Christ and calling men to join him?
Someone will have to help me parse this, I’m afraid, because I genuinely am confused about what Mr. Chastek is saying – and remember, I literally CAN’T ask him. Is he saying that the only person who should be trying to increase vocations is a Bishop who specifically asks men to join him? If that’s his point I don’t agree. What, then, is one to make of St. Bosco, never more than a Priest himself? And if he means anyone in the clergy, where does he think claims to discern the Priesthood come from? And why are we just talking about Priesthood for that matter?
I’m missing something.
Q: I think we all the the problem in “Bishops calling young men to join him”
A: But since that’s what the vocation is, isn’t this the problem we should be focusing on?
Once again, I’m just totally lost. I don’t agree that vocation “is” “Bishops calling young men to join him”. Vocation is the path in life that God is calling you to follow. Frankly it seems self-evident to me that such a thing requires discernment, considering how important it is.