Affirmed

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
— St. Augustine of Hippo

Sisters & Brothers,

Powerful events through our lives tend to move us in ways that we immediately feel and change us for the better. Last night I was able to witness fifty high school aged kids goto confession (some for the first time in 7+ years) and it was beautiful and moving. As I sat there in church watching each of them go up one by one I felt the power of the the Holy Spirit flowing throughout the space. Of course the Holy Spirit is always there but it felt amplified to a great extent.

I’ve watched many a vocation video from priests that talk about how going to confession or watching people goto confession was an affirmation of their calling and now I know what they meant by that. I felt such a loud roar in my heart watching these great priests and I knew for sure that this is what I was called to do. I didn’t have any questions before last night about what my calling was and if anything this was just an affirmation of such a call and it filled me with love, hope and peace.

Moving into this second week of advent I’ve been thinking a lot about our ability to be available for those in our lives that need us the most. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call and a hello while at other times it’s a visit, a hug and a friendly ear to listen to them. No matter what it is we should always strive to be available for people much like God makes Himself available to us whenever we need Him.

Yours,
Jeff

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