It is a question that has crossed the mind of many a young man. It is a question that invariably triggers a process – a process that is referred to as discernment. Discernment (a word derived from the Latin verb "to decide; to determine") can take many forms.
It may involve asking question(s), it may involve gaining experiences; it may involve reading; it may involve prayer; it may involve learning from the example of others; it may involve feeling the needs of others. But for a person of faith, discernment invariably comes down to the question: "Is it God who is calling me to this specific challenge?"
Although discernment is ultimately a very personal issue, it does also help to share our concerns with others. This sharing can be especially helpful when we find ourselves sharing with others who are going through the same process. In other words, even though discernment is personal, it can be made easier sometimes with the benefit of community.