The USCCB posted a large list of answers from the Priesthood Ordination Class of 2007 to the question Some of Our Ordinands Respond to the Question: “People would be surprised to know that I…” which is rather fun to read. Some of my favorites were:
…was named a vice-president at an advertising agency just as I finally realized that my true vocation was to the priesthood…Once I stopped resisting God’s will for me and began to trust, I found peace. I have never been happier.
…never really thought that I was called to be a priest…[I] wanted to work in law and politics…Through prayer and a devotion to the Eucharist, I realized that I had to set aside my own good intentioned plans for life, and follow God’s promptings.
…was not sure if I was going to remain Catholic when I first entered college seminary…after Theology 101, Introduction to the Catechism, spending time in Adoration, and a homily on John 6, I then KNEW that the Catholic Church was the true Church and that I could never leave Her.
…came to the United States for a vacation, to have a good time. God’s sense of humor is so great that He only changed one letter so that vacation turned out to be a vocation; and the best time of my life is yet to come – as His priest!
And one of which I wonder the connection.
…never thought about seriously about being a priest until my first semester at Harvard.
And here is a priest Tom at Disputations would love.
…was an olympic hopeful in the sport of Curling.
So thus you see why the faithful are not faithful…
The priests found an easy and garanteed job.
Guaranteed, perhaps. Easy, yeah, right. (However, it is certainly harder than being a blog troll.)
Thanks for the link; it’s always so inspiring to hear the many ways in which God calls people!
Curling is the fast track to the priesthood.
�was a diocesan seminarian from Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon, my seminary was closed, I tried to escape Vietnam to continue my vocation. But I was caught and put in labor camp for six months.
No doubt he’s suffered in labor camp because he wanted the easy way out.
God bless this man for his courage and his witness to the faith.
As one entering seminary this fall at the age of 30. It has nothing to do with an “easy and guaranteed job”. I have always had a job be it a golf pro to now a financial planner. Once God calls you and you respond nothing else matters. Money, prestige none of that. The only thing that matters is doing the Lord’s will.
I can relate to the comment about Harvard. It was not until I got out of Catholic schools and went to a secular university that I saw how important the priesthood was.
And the troll’s remark about an “easy and garanteed [sic] job” is certainly amusing. If it were so easy and guaranteed, there would be a surplus of applicants, eh?
As it is, we serve at the Church’s permission, with a higher ethical code than most other professions. For example, how many other professionals would be suspended for a single weekend fling with a lady friend??