Monday, February 13, 2012
If You Think Someone May Have a Vocation…
For the past year, I’ve watched a young man who comes to daily Mass at our parish. Young men at daily Mass are relatively rare, but I was also particularly struck by his demeanor: respectful, serious but joyful. I began to think that “Bob” might make a fine priest, but for months I was shy about saying anything to him. Finally, three days ago, at Friday morning’s Mass, I happened to be exiting with him, shoulder to shoulder in the aisle.
I said, “Hey, Bob. For a while now, I’ve been thinking I might hear you’d entered the seminary.”
He smiled back at me and shook his head. “I don’t know about that,” he said. “The idea of having a family has a lot of appeal for me.”
Two days ago, at Saturday’s vigil Mass, our pastor asked us to pray for two young men from our parish who were taking part in a weekend retreat to discern a vocation to the priesthood. I had not known about this retreat in advance.
This morning, I heard through a third party that one of the two young men from our parish who attended the retreat was Bob.
What’s beyond weird is that something very similar happened to me early in 2011, less than a year ago. That’s when I first met “Bill,” a daily communicant in our parish who is now completing his first year at St. John Seminary in Boston, under his real name, Brian.
If you think a young man may have a vocation to the priesthood, tell him so.