Answering the Call

by – Nick Meisl

Nick Meisl is a seminarian in the Archdiocese of Vancouver and has delcared his candidacy for the Priesthood, accepted by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB.

When I was younger, I sometimes felt a desire to become a priest, but I gradually ignored this as I focused more on my studies and making friends. By the time I entered university, I had slowly grown away from the practice of my faith. My prayer life was almost non-existent. It was a painful and difficult period for me.

Around this time, I was invited to join a CCO Discovery faith study. At first I rejected this idea, but eventually agreed. During the study I was brought face-to-face with a question that I felt Jesus needed me to answer, “Who do you say that I am?” Did I believe that Jesus

was God? That He died to save me? That He loves me and wants a relationship with me? In the past I had avoided answering these questions for myself. By the end of the study, I took a

leap and answered “yes” to these questions and I prayed that Jesus would enter my life.

After university I heard God’s call to “come follow Me”, and I spent two years at the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, and then another five years in a religious congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, in Mexico and in Rome. I am convinced that I could not have responded to Jesus’ invitation to “Come follow Me” until I had first answered His question: “Who do you say I am?” I believe that it was through my friends at CCO that Jesus asked me this question and I am grateful to God for the wonderful call that He has given me and to CCO for helping me respond.

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