“Father, our son is thinking about becoming a priest. We practice our faith. Honestly, we do not really understand much about the life of a priest. We are concerned he will not be happy. We want to have grandchildren. We feel a little overwhelmed. We are discouraging him, and we feel guilty.”
The more helpful position for parents would be to encourage a thorough discernment process and educate themselves on the vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood.
If your son is considering priesthood, talk with your pastor or a member of the Vocations Team about any questions you might have. Remember, their job is to help your son discover where God is calling him because that is where he ultimately will find true peace.