Thursday, 24 May 2007

My Fourth Birthday

I suppose that, alongside the liturgical calendar, we each have our own private calendar marking key moments in our life, especially relating to the life of grace (baptism, confirmation, marriage, conversion, etc). Today, the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, is the fourth anniversary of my priestly ordination at the hands of Bishop George Stack. How time has flown!

I think it's the first time I've been in the parish for my anniversary: last year I was on a conference at Ushaw and the first two years I was on holiday. But what better way is there to spend an ordination anniversary? - celebrating Mass in the parish, visiting the school, dealing with all the requests that come via the door and phone, writing sermons and classes, etc - all the things that fill most days but which I never write about on the blog because (a) it's not appropriate and (b) it would be rather boring!

For my meditation this morning, I turned to Leo Trese's A Man Approved and came across this timely passage:
Sometimes we priests feel that we are very busy men - and, within our own limited environment, quite important persons. We may be in parish work, instructing converts, visiting the sick, catechizing youngsters, administering temporalities....However, regardless of which group may claim me, it is profitable for me to remind myself again and again that there is only one thing I do which pertains essentially to my priesthood. There is only one thing that is of transcendent importance, and that is my offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. By eternal standards, nothing else I do matters much.
Looking at my posts last May, I was reminded that today is the first anniversary of the sudden death of Fr Todd Reitmeyer, a fellow priest and blogger. May he rest in peace.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Congratulations, Father. May you have many happy years to come.

8:22 pm  
Blogger David said...

Congratulations! Ad multos annos!

9:34 pm  
Blogger the owl of the remove said...

Father - congratulations on your priestly anniversary - I hope you celebrate! John Paul the Great said the day he was ordained was the most important day of his life, not the day he became Pope. Quick question: taking as read points about confidentiality etc, etc, why would describing some of your priestly day be inappropriate? I understand the point about boredom, but perhaps a young man might be inspired to consider a vocation reading the life of a young curate? Your blog, by the way, is always interesting and often makes this Englishman abroad pine for home!

10:13 pm  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Happy 4th Birthday, Father... ad multos annos!

10:15 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Many thanks to all of you.

Owl - I take your point. I just think it's safer not to write too much about parishioners, etc especially given the increasingly complicated data protection world we live in! I do occasionally post about some aspects of parish life but it's not the raison d'etre of the blog.

10:53 pm  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Happy fourth birthday! I'm in before midnight!!!

(This is all very weird...)

11:52 pm  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

A very happy birthday Father. How Providential to be born on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians.

4:15 am  
Blogger greatgable said...

Congratulations and Ad Multos Annos!

fr paul harrison

6:46 pm  
Blogger Ttony said...

Ad Multos Annos! Georges Bernanos seemed to manage the question of the daily life of a priest pretty well.

8:04 pm  
Anonymous Judith said...

Congratulations Father, and God bless you. Thank you for a most enjoyable blog.

11:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, ad multos et faustissimos annos! God bless you in your ministry, and grant you many more years as a "fisher of men"! Thank you for your blog.

Regards from Canada,
Patricia Gonzalez

7:23 pm  
Blogger Padre Giovanni said...

Happy belated anniversary. Father Brighenti celebrates 19 years on May 28th and I had my 19th on May 14th. Father Levis beats us all with 59 years of priesthood under his sash.

AD MULTOS ANNOS

tu es sacerdos in aeternam

Father John Trigilio

5:03 am  

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