Considering Diocesan Priesthood.
Over the past couple of weeks Vatican Astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ has been on a speaking tour of New Zealand. As expected he spoke of science and astronomy, but audiences were even more captivated when he reflected on life and love, hope and freedom, and of how his commitment to following Jesus Christ has enabled him to have even greater influence as an astronomer. He was talking about the default human relationship between “outer space” and “inner space”.
Most people make life choices without robust and honest consideration of their inner, personal, spiritual unique reality and needs. If we make these decisions considering only earthly realities and availabilities, (money, success and even relationships) we may experience a superficial and fleeting satisfaction, but will continue with a persistent dissatisfaction: “there must be more to life.”
I was inspired by Br. Guy’s enthusiasm and happiness. It was evident from his manner and his words that he is striving to live full, and that he is happy. As a diocesan priest I can relate to this since this deep joy in life is also my experience. As a young man still in my teens I was already looking for more in life, an adventure that was worth a whole life. I have found this as a diocesan priest. Sure there have been ups and downs, but these highs and lows are the rich stuff of every healthy human life, and when we desire to live with God every reality of life finds purpose and promise.
Perhaps you are a young(ish) man who has a sense that God might be calling you to consider life as a diocesan priest. Don’t be afraid of seriously considering this exciting possibility and don’t hesitate to speak to any priest, or contact the Vocations Director Fr. John O’Connor .
I also encourage parishioners to be active in your own promotion of vocations to diocesan priesthood to ensure that parishes are well served in the future. It is significant that of the almost 500 priests ordained in the United States this year, 92% first considered priesthood as a real possibility when the suggestion was made to them by someone they respected.
Fr. John O’Connor www.foodforfaith.org.nz