Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy
When asked about my vocational journey, I could be compared to a deer being struck with the brightness of headlights ahead of him on the road, as I too was blinded, not by lights, but by the mystery in which God has graciously blessed me with “the call.” We all receive “the call” in different ways, but through the events of my life, personal prayer, and reflection I sensed that God was calling me to serve as His priest. Like a seed, each vocation needs to be planted in good soil, cared for and nourished and at times properly trimmed.
Utilizing this metaphor, I would like at this time to highlight three heroic women who have done exactly that for me; my mother, my grandmother, and our Blessed Mother. These three women have played crucial roles leading up to and through my vocational discernment. My grandmother taught me to pray, my mother taught me to put my prayer into practice, and our Blessed Mother, through both my prayer and practice, has taught me to entrust myself solely to her Son. It is through these three women and their commitment to my prayer life that I have come to hear God’s call for me to something greater than I could have ever dreamed of, giving my life for the service of others to be a witness to the joy and love that is lacking in the world. Just as Mary, heroically accepted God’s call to give the world the most perfect sacrifice, Jesus, I too pray that through your prayers and the grace of God, I may one day be able to give to people a glimpse of God through my “yes!”