I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest. Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question. Let me try briefly to reply. I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely. For it remains a mystery, even to myself. How does one explain the ways of God? Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: ‘Come, follow me!’ There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own. Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.
And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood. Nothing means more to me or gives me greater joy that to celebrate Mass each day and to serve God’s people in the Church. That has been true ever since the day of my ordination as a priest. Nothing has ever changed this, not even becoming Pope. — Pope St. John Paul II
I want to share a remarkable video about discerning the call of Jesus to follow him as a priest. It involves a young man whom I have had the great pleasure of coming to know over the last three years during my time working at Notre Dame Seminary: Fr. Josh Johnson. And I can tell you from knowing him up close and personal, he’s the real deal.
Set aside ten minutes when you can and enjoy. But you have to go to my Blog site to watch it below.