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      We live in such a secularized world where everyone wants to be free-have no limitations, no work just get, where human interactions aren't as important as a text. Growing up in a society like this, surrounded by classmates that think this way, it becomes difficult to stay focused on the ultimate goal. 

     Then we have people who just plainly think it's a horrible idea-I have run into these people. I have been criticized by people that the priesthood doesn't make a lot of money, and that I should become a lawyer or doctor and make more money. Well firstly, I don't like either of these jobs.  Secondly, advice I was given once by a priest was, "Regardless what people do for a living you must enjoy it, have fun doing it" When I serve at Mass and help the  priests, I don't only see it has an opportunity to serve the Lord-but I have fun and interest in it! 

    Again, there are other people, like classmates, in the past and present, who tease me about wanting to become a priest and my decision to become a priest. Then they use that to judge my life and to point out all of my flaws. I know I am not perfect- but what I do know is that the Lord takes what is broken and uses it in his ultimate plan. 

     Regardless of who these people might be, (Classmates, random people I have met, other family members, etc... ) I always disregard them. I ignore their negativity. God never leads people far and abandons them. God has blessed me with so many things and would not abandon me. I ignore the classmates who make fun of me, I treat them nice but aren't really friends with them. I ignore the family member and other people who want me to make more money- It isn't about the money, It is about the job I am doing, not only for the Lord, but for the people I will serve in more ways than one. The hardest is going against the grain of Society, having a life dedicated to the Lord.

The USCCB have put out a vocation video, called, Fishers of Men, (one of my favorite) and one line within the video is, " Vocation to the Priesthood is counter-cultural" 

Please Pray For Vocations to the Priesthood, and that God will strengthen the men to stay Loyal to the call. 

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  1. Praying as you asked. I totally agree. It's essential to be able to make a living but it's pretty important to enjoy it! Blessings to you. (marye,

  2. This is such a beautiful and inspiring post. I wish more priests felt the way you do about it. I love my Catholic faith very much, and it's difficult when priests become too secular. You're on the right track, and I applaud you for listening to God and following your heart. You're right, it's not about the money, but about reaching the ultimate goal. Thank you so much for the added hope you have given me in this post today.

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