Often in the mornings I go over and visit the school for morning prayer and the pledge of allegiance. This past week I was surprised by the students who were celebrating “Pastor’s Day”. Each class made cards with words of support and prayers for me. Of course you know I have to share some of their thoughts with you!
“Thank you for being here at our school. Sometimes I think you should play basketball, but it’s more suitable for you to be a priest.” –Jenesis
“I’ve always wanted to go to this school since I was eight years old- this is my dream. Now I am living my dream.” – Hector
“Thank you Fr. Young for helping me with the sacraments I have made and preparing me for the ones I am going to make. You are the best priest I have ever known” – Alessandra
“Hi my name is Jon. I love my life! Thank you for everything you do. I especially think you’re a nice guy and sometimes you’re goofy.” – Jon
These are just a small sample of the heartfelt and humorous messages from the students. When I read things like these, I am always confirmed in my own priestly vocation. After receiving the notes, I thanked the students and told them that I am convinced that there are young men and women in the school right now who are being called to be priests and religious. I expressed that there is no better life than serving God in the world! Now let’s pray that these young people listen and hear that call.