Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fr. Chuck's Column, February 2

Less First of all, a very BIG Thank You to all who responded generously to the Annual Paulist Appeal this last weekend. We all very much appreciate your concern, your generous financial support, and especially your prayers. Please continue to pray that many young men will respond generously to the call to Paulist priesthood, as well as that many young women and men will respond to the call to religious life, priesthood and the diaconate. On behalf of Frs. Steve, Bob, RenĂ©, Ed Nowak, Jamie Baca, Bruce Nieli and myself:  THANK YOU!

And it was great to have Fr Seven Bell back with us again!

The life of a priest is an interesting, indeed fascinating, one. This is especially true for Paulists, who tend to be more on the forefront of modern culture and reaching out to those outside of the Church.  It is an interesting and exciting place to be.

To be called to be a priest is, from my experience, a very great blessing. No one can take this position on his own, but I believe someone called to priesthood is offered a wonderful blessing. No matter what our path in life, we only truly find ourselves by giving ourselves away. As Jesus taught us, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remain just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). It takes great maturity and wisdom for a young person (perhaps especially a young man) to realize this, but it is very true. Priesthood is an exciting and challenging way to live this out, and I guarantee you are never bored!

God bless!  

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