“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You
are a priest forever after the order of Melchiz′edek.’”
I was a new Catholic and very happy. I was single, had recently
graduated college, and had started my first job in my new
Shortly after becoming Catholic, I encountered St. Francis
of Assisi. Even as an atheist, I had heard of St. Francis, but now,
as a Catholic, I began to learn more deeply about how he actually
lived his life.
I learned that he practiced extreme poverty and made vows
of chastity and obedience. At the time, I could not imagine a
more radical way of following Jesus than these.
What if God was calling me to such a radical way of life as
well, to religious life or to the priesthood?
I wanted to follow wherever God led me, but I was still not
completely healed of all my anxieties. Being a priest meant you
had to be in the spotlight, with all eyes on you, and I wondered
whether I could ever do that.
I also had a fear...