While I was in the seminary, the priest shortage was in full swing. It did not bother me because it was all part of plan that would serve me well and as we all know, this is all about me.
Here is the plan: The shortage would continue causing a “buyer’s market” meaning that I will get THE assignment that I had always dreamed about. THEN, there would be a huge influx seminarians so that there would be a surplus of priests to take care of me in my old age.
Well, I cannot think of a better assignment for me than the one that I have right now. And, in general, vocations numbers are rising. So now it is time to kick things into high gear. I’m not getting any younger and I have to train my handlers now while I have the energy.
One of the reasons that things have been so hectic that I could not post recently is that I was busy implementing the next part of my evil plan yesterday. A group of young men approached the parish and asked if they could take a trip to the seminary to see what this priesthood thing was all about. So we loaded up a few cars and headed out to the seminary.
We spent the day talking to seminarians, taking tours, praying, eating (lots of eating) and meeting with the vocations director. Fr. McCandless and the seminarians were very gracious hosts and I enjoyed myself until we came across our ordination pictures on the wall. “That’s YOU? So that’s what you look like with hair.”
One of the biggest surprises of the day was from our young ladies who want to have a similar trip. I had no idea. So plans are in the making. Thanks heavens they overcame my lack of awareness.
God always works with us. He doesn’t force anything upon us. He tends not to work in spite of us. Like a good Father, he assists His children in their endeavors – does not tell them to sit the couch while He does everything the right way – and gives us some ownership. So do you want more vocations? Don’t sit on your hands and simply wish that there will always be someone to say Mass, hear your confession, or anoint your loved one. Don’t simply pray that there might a priest around when you want one. Don’t just simply talk positively about the priesthood. Tap a young man on the shoulder that you think might make a good priest and TELL HIM. One of the TOP reasons men who thought about the priesthood as a young person never looked into it is because nobody every suggested it to them – said that the community thought that they might just be good enough – that they want him.