By: Fr. Andy McAlpin, O.P., Promoter of Vocations
The call to follow Jesus Christ in a radical and trusting way has been the norm since the first time Jesus said, “Come and See.” Men and women of every age, culture and ethnicity have heard and answered the call. It is no different in our day. It is no different in the Order of Preachers. Men continue to contact me regarding a nagging feeling they have about giving God all they have and all they will be.
There is only one measurable piece of evidence that tells us something about those who contact us and ultimately join our ranks: someone asked them! Along the way, someone, somewhere pointed out to a young man that he might make a really good priest and asked if he ever thought about becoming a priest or religious brother.
There is no magical formula. It is as simple as being asked. If the young man has been a faithful, sincere Catholic, the question will cause him to pause and most likely frighten him a little bit. But the seed must be planted. When it is planted, it is either cast aside quickly as it is not that man’s vocation, or it stays put; it moves his heart; it almost haunts him until he responds to God and enters formation to this most radical way of life in our time. These are the men who enter the Dominicans today: the ones who have been asked to “Come and See!”