Most vocation director agree with the idea of stepping on the other side in order to confirm ones calling, they'll never say YES and NO. It is a favorable risk though. But what can you say to those who never tried but have decided their vocation? Would you say it's harmful? Is the sense of peace really true?
Is this a "favorable risk?" I would not call it entirely a risk. Religious life from the outset is a "leap of faith." The will of God is shrouded in the unknown and the uncertain. it is a paradox because unless one enters into it, one never really finds its certainty. Hopefully when one decides to enter religious life, it is not just for a "try out." It does happen that after the leap of faith, one finds out later that religious life is not the life intended by God for them. The experience is still part and parcel of the bigger picture of God's will for that person. When one sincerely follows the Will of God, AS ONE UNDERSTANDS IT, God works everything for the good in the end. (Romans 8:28).