So this past weekend was the Bishop's Seminary Brunch. It was only the second one to which I ever went. The first time I went as a seminarian to provide entertainment for the folks. I remember walking out afterward and running in to our bishop for the first time (who was then Bishop Pilla) and he said, "Good afternoon John" and I was on cloud nine that he knew my name. A minute later I realized I had my name tag on.
I don't know about you but when I hear "brunch" I'm thinking there will be some sausage and/or bacon and other not so good for you but just the same wonderful foods that are at least tangentially associated with that in between breakfast and lunch (hence the name) meals. But it was chicken and pasta. Don't get me wrong, it was very good chicken and pasta - superb - but it was probably more of an early dinner than what I think of as brunch. But that makes for a lousy name. "The Bishop's Seminary Early Dinner"
There were about 1,000 people there. My cousins were the co-chairs this year and the when they kicked the afternoon off this incident occurred:
Well, it provided a good laugh for us well trained Catholics. It got me thinking about some of the ways that people use to cover when they start to make the Sign of the Cross and then realize that it is not called for yet. I put my had up to give a blessing and their hand goes automatically to their forehead before they realize I have a couple of sentences before the actual blessing comes. Here are some of the techniques used to cover:
Anyway, as one of the seminarians reminded us - priests come from the people and they need encouragement, support, and prayer. If you see a young man and for some reason you think that he has a vocation, say something to him. And if you have a couple a couple of spare seconds, pray for those in formation.