Life in the seminary takes a little getting used to but I am enjoying it. We have Mass every day as well as morning prayer and evening prayer. There are opportunities for the Rosary with guys who want to pray it. All of the other guys here have been very welcoming and friendly. I have two jobs in the house which I enjoy. I am a member of the choir and serve as one of the Tuesday sacristans. I am learning a lot as a sacristan and know that it will be helpful to me as a future priest.
Another important aspect here at the seminary is the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a week. It is also available upon request with one’s spiritual director for instance. I believe that it is a sacrament that enough people do not take advantage of. I don’t think they understand the graces that are present in the confessional. Christ gave the power to forgive sins to His Church through the person of the priest. It is a great healing moment to hear the words of absolution and to receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit that you can start new with God and His Church.
I am happy with the decision I have made and hope to continue to grow in my love of Christ. I am more aware of Christ’s presence in my life and pray that He will continue to guide me in my discernment. Please continue to pray that more young men will have the courage to answer the call that Christ has planted in their hearts.