"when i get older, when i get olderi will be stronger just like a wavin' flag" (K'naan - Wavin' Flag, 2009)
it's not my birthday - yet (but it is Lauren's, happy birthday: party hard, pray harder!) -, but it is my two year anniversary of presbyteral ordination! does this milestone come with special gifts? at 50years, gold; at 25years, silver; at 15years, crystal, and at two years, cotton, paper or China, apparently! two years ago i jumped right in. today, i find myself echoing those same words:
"hmmm, say what? excuse me? here i am, two
monthsyears into the priesthood and i feel - how do i say "holy crap" in a pastoral way. i've barely begun my ministry and i can't help but feel grateful for this wonderful gift. however, i also see the great responsibility that comes with it." (me, in 2009)
hmmm, sounds like a quote from Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility! i feel the weight of those words everyday. as the words of St. Augustine indicates, i am a priest for you, but as a Christian, i know i am encouraged and supported by each and everyone of you! thank you for your ongoing prayers! pray for my daily conversion. for years i spent time trying to know and love Our Lord Jesus Christ. today, with all of you as well, i try to follow Him more closely. you are all in my prayers. peace.