Good evening esteemed brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have, for a long time, looked into the monastic life and have wished to be tonsured a monk, after I finish proper schooling and know more about our faith, of course. Can anyone please tell me how one knows when he is ''called'' to take on the monastic life? I know it is a very hard decision, and am well aware that one must first become a novice and remain for a period of time in the monastery (usually several years) before the spiritual father/abbot of the monastery knows for sure that the candidate is ready to be tonsured a monk. I would very much appreciate an answer to this question, preferably by a monk/nun or an Orthodox clergy member. Thank you all very much for your time, I wish you a blessed remainder of Lent and ask for your prayers.