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My 34th Ordversary – A Reflection

October 24, 2021

Yes Pixie, I can relate to that as can your Mommy. Life and ministry can often leave one feeling exhausted at the end of the day. As you snooze on my lap your Mommy is working hard in Florence to settle Opa and Oma’s final affairs.

Somehow I neglected to reflect on this particular anniversary. I was ordained on September 27th, 1987. Little did I know back then where the Lord would take me. A friend of mine was commemorating their Ordversary and it caused me to look back. This past year in terms of ordained ministry has been a challenge to say the least. Yet in the midst of it all, Spirit offered grace, sustenance, strength, and peace for the journey.

Our vocation and calling can indeed be tricky. As I reflect on this calling and life itself, I find comfort in the words of my mentor and friend Fr. Louis, Thomas Merton.

We know when we are following our vocation when our soul is set free from preoccupation with itself and is able to seek God and even to find Him, even though it may not appear to find Him. Gratitude and confidence and freedom from ourselves: these are signs that we have found our vocation and are living up to it even though everything else may seem to have gone wrong. They give us peace in any suffering. They teach us to laugh at despair. And we may have to. — No Man is an Island, p. 147.

So with faith and hope I continue this journey with your counsel and guidance Fr. Louis. And with you I offer this prayer:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that, if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. — Thoughts in Solitude

  1. Michael, congratulations on 34 years of active ordained ministry! And blessings for the future.

  2. Hugh Hamilton permalink

    Lovely meditation, Michael! Thank you.

    • Thank you, Hugh! We have indeed experienced the fullness of ministry and I am blessed to call you, my friend!

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