“I think I’m going to be a priest,” I said after the show.
“I think I’m going to be a rabbi,” Rick replied.
“No, I’m serious,” I insisted.
“How are you going to have no sex?” It always goes right to sex in these conversations.
“The same way I’m having no sex now. But then it’ll be intentional, not just because of my terrible social skills.”
“You’re a comedian!” Rick said. “You’re supposed to go to Klown Kollege, not seminary.”
“I think I have a calling.”
“How does that work? I’ve never had a calling. I want a calling. I’ve tried all sorts of drugs and have never heard God call me once.”
“It doesn’t work like that. It’s just a desire, a deep desire.”
“What if you’re wrong?”
“Then I’ll just be a comedian. No harm, no foul.” I pushed my cigarette out in the ashtray, got up, and headed out the door.
Rick called after me as I walked up the staircase, but I could barely hear it. Something . . . something about a disaster.
This is just one little scene from a great story—the true story of Jake Martin, a Jesuit-in-training who also happens to be a comedian. You’ll laugh a lot while reading What’s So Funny about Faith? A Memoir from the Intersection of Hilarious and Holy. But the main point is not to make you laugh, but to bring you along as the author journeys from childhood through school, a comedy career, and finally into priesthood.
I’d like to know what you think about calling.
How many callings have you experienced throughout your life? Were any of them surprises?
If you were to give advice to someone who was trying to determine her calling, what would it be?