Elijah and Elisha, Sts. Peter and Paul, the saints come in twos sometimes: St. Francis and St. Claire, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. That last one is extra special, because Sts. Benedict and Scholastica were actually siblings. With a selfish motive, I want to highlight Saints Peter and Paul, because I, along with my classmates, will be ordained priests on their solemnity.
Community has been on my mind recently, probably because we can finally start gathering again. There is a special dynamic within the seminary and the priesthood of living community life, whether its in the seminary environment or rectory life. Family life, of course, is a community unique to each household, and the parish is a necessary community for all Catholics. The strength of each of these communities is ultimately dependent on their devotion and dependence on Christ. If Christ is the center and the desire for each person of the community, then common ground can be had with any member of these various communities coming together. As the seminarian enters seminary, then enters the presbyterate at his ordination, then gets placed at his parish, and as he shepherds each family, it is knowing and loving Christ that creates the perfect bridge between all the various communities he will encounter.
My dear friends of St. Juliana,
I want to first of all say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the years we have come to know each other. I could not have asked for a better community to learn from and share in the joy that is the vocation to serve you in Our Lord’s Name as His priest-to-be.