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Hope and the Priesthood

Hope is a special virtue, a gift from God, which allows the Christian to unite to Christ even distress or suffering. Although we cannot see God, we believe His presence, believe that He is guiding us which spurs us to remember the promise Christ made after His Resurrection: He will ALWAYS be with us. Jesus never breaks His promises! Part of this promise is the Church and in a specific way the priesthood. The sight of priests brings people to remember that Christ is alive, Christ is here, that that love of God is tangible and closer than we thought!

Thanks be to God, so many of us have a priest (or priests) who remain in our memory because of their service, dedication, and availability. All of this flows from the love that comes from God. The priest is someone people come to for answers, for safety, for assistance, for guidance on spiritual and human matters. But the best part is, God’s grace is so good and overwhelming that despite the sinfulness of every priest, God acts in ways beyond our comprehension. God works through every priest to make visible the love that Jesus has for every person. The sacraments offered by the priest help Catholics become holier and go to heaven.

I get a perception that we are often weighed down by the negative news we hear on TV, see on Facebook/Instagram, or the gossip that travels quickly around our friend groups. It can be discouraging to be in these situations, even within our families, where negativity and fear seems to be winning. With hope, Jesus Christ is always winning. At every moment in the world, there are people loving, families together, prayers being said in churches and homes throughout the world. At every moment of the day, the Mass is most likely being offered somewhere, priests are hearing Confessions and offering an example for young people! Jesus Christ’s victory, won on the cross, is being reclaimed over and over! Living a joyful Christian life gives hope to the world. Following the call to discern the priesthood is offering an example of hope to everyone around us. It means Jesus is alive, active, and loving us enough to call us, His son in Baptism, to serve the Church He founded. This is really good news!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

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Peter Gallagher attends The Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.
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