Friday, July 16, 2010

priestly voodoo...

... as promised.

The comment was prompted by a friend, and soon to be seminarian at Josephinum in Ohio, after he noted a pattern of behavior with the men in my life. Aside from the fact that I am amassing an ever growing circle of male friends who end up in seminary, I also have a unique effect on the man closest to me.

First, my son declares he wants to be a priest. This revelation was announced to the family after he attended the Pontifical Mass in DC this past April. So far he still firmly resolves to be a priest... three months later. That's quite a commitment coming from a boy who wanted to be a cowboy, werewolf, astronaut country singer and ninja when he grew up. It changed every week.

Next, would be the obvious examples; all in the course of a year. The ex from last summer who sold his house and is now well into his novitiate process. Followed by a brief relationship with the "Non Catholic" who started going to RCIA and got involved with the local Franciscans, at my prompting, and has decided to discern the next phase of his life.

The on going joke for awhile was that I was the answer to the priest shortage...

ha. ha.

Of course I don't actually think I had any profound influence in the matters. I just think I am drawn to over zealous uber Catholics... the ones like myself who are better equipped to tolerate me. The "Non Catholic" had pre-existing tendencies that I had nothing to do with. I swear it.

17 comments:

Lazy Disciple said...

Cannonball, you need to make it possible to vote for more than one option in your "Is this post...?" button.

This is pious and hi-freaking-larious.

Angela M. said...

Can I introduce you to my 4 lapsed Catholic kids and their lapsed Catholic spouses?! They need serious help!

Rick said...

I'm thinking that you'll get some share of your work. Cfr. (1 Cor. 9: 9) For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?
10) Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.
11) If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?

Just another mad Catholic said...

You can probebly add me to the list of young men you've influenced Kat; all the nun and monk gazing photos along with the ' o brother where art though?' section of links (I've contacted two of the congregations listed) finally got me to contact vocation directors.

Christopher Lake said...

This is one single guy on whom priestly voodoo won't work, hehe!

Seriously, God seems to have put me in a strange place in life-- not called to the priesthood, not aware of any gift of lifelong celibacy in my life, desirous of a relationship-- and yet, for various reasons, from what I can see, very likely to be single for the rest of my earthly life. I don't understand it. I wish it were different... and yet...

margaret said...

As someone who can count amongst her ex-fiances both a priest and a deacon in her own archdiocese I empathise.

Nan said...

I heard a similar story from an Orthodox Deacon last year; he was friends with, interested in, or dated several women who went on to become nuns. Later he realized that he needed someone who was just a little less Orthodox. He is now married, has a young son and was ordained a month and a half ago.

nazareth priest said...

I think it's best we don't know how we have influenced others (maybe my "hidden" vocation coming out here), but God is God; He does what He wills...if our word, action, even our presence turns someone to God, and even, to His consecrated service, that is His doing.
St. James does say something to the effect that if one has helped convert another, his/her salvation is "set" (my words; a total paraphrase...forgive me)...
take it for what it's worth.
Just be good Catholics, pray and encourage men and women to serve God in the priesthood and consecrated life. And don't forget to help married couples live lives of holiness (the seedbed of vocations, yeah?)

Owen said...

Somebody stick another pin in that girl.

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The Retail Girl said...

I don't know, I think God is working through you. A little over a year ago I discovered your blog and thought is was a good catholic chuckle, it was my go to when I needed a laugh( I mean I share your sense of humor, I'm not laughing at you, well not most of the time). Over time there were things you blogged about that seemed to overlap into my real world that really hit hard. There have been times in the painful agony of work that I go to your site and get a "spiritual recharge". I don't think its just priestly voodoo, I think your letting God work through you and that is connecting and resonating with people who not only agree but rely on it. You and your son are in my prayers. I've said it in other posts and I'll say it again, your blessed, thank you for what you do and may God continue to bless you!

Suburbanbanshee said...

So... maybe the Crescat currently also has a vocation to be a spiritual mother!

Either that, or she's been hanging around St. Therese too much, and has become a spiritual spotter for her....

Terry Nelson said...

There are so many things one could say about this...

Gregory said...

There is nothing wrong about being Uber Catholic! Thats why I love your web site!

Since we are on the Topic of Vocations I have good news to Share! The Dominican province of St Joseph has been blessed with an overflowing cup of vocations this year! Last year the novitiate class was 11 for the province of St Joseph & this year there are 21 novitiates! Biggest class in 40 years!

Meet our New Novices
21 Men Entering Novitiate of St. Joseph’s Province

http://www.op-stjoseph.org/blog/meet_our_new_novices/

JaneDC said...

You remind me of a woman I met at the Newman Center in college. Three guys broke up with her to enter the priesthood. She then took matters into her own hands . . .
And she became pregnant by they next guy. Almost got her fired.
***Don't Get Any Ideas***
We're all storming heaven for you Kat -- God will NOT let you down!

Lynne said...

I second what RetailGirl (JaneDC) said... ;-)