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Week of June 14, 1999
WCR Letters to the Editor
The right way to find vocationsRe: "APC urged to promote priestly vocations: Former chair says council should take the initiative" (WCR, April 26).
Our young people need to hear from our priests how much they enjoy their priestly mission. If I hear from a priest that he enjoys his gardening behind the rectory, then most certainly we will not get priests.
Good guys do not have to wear black. It is my very own friend who has and also is the cause that missionaries wore white instead of black. He is a Dutchman. Father Cornelio Lagerweg who has served the Church in the Philippines for 43 years, and of whom Cardinal Jaime Sin of Manila said after Father Cornelio had passed away we had a saint living among us, and we have never seen it.
What does it mean to become a follower of Jesus? It means stepping away from material wealth and even deny oneself. But on top of that, one must deny his/her own family and as father, mother, brothers and sisters.
To be a true follower of Jesus, you have to become like him (Matthew 4:22). Often one leaves his/her boats and nets, or in the case of Matthew he left his tax collecting office. In many cases one also leaves his/her family.
The North American culture has great difficulty listening to that which is said. St. John of the Cross, puts a great emphasis on this.
In western culture today, most of us have an atrophied contemplative faculty, a muddy self-awareness.
God is present to us, but we are not present to God because of narcissism, pragmatism and an unbridled restlessness. Which is very much more part of the North American continent.
In 1993, I visited Holland, a month long. I have visited also a number of universities. In that short time I talked six guys into the seminary.
Five are ordained to deacons the Saturday before Pentecost. Number six is to be ordained a deacon, June 5, 1999. Pentecost 2000 all will be ordained priests.
My question is, What is it that I have and APC does not have?
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