I am not approaching ordination with great nervousness but rather great excitement. I am excited to be ordained a priest and to share in Christ's ministry here on Earth!
As my ordination approaches, my joy is deep and true, and it is my prayer that God may always use me as He sees fit, bringing his love and joy to our world.
It is hard to describe the emotions that I will feel in that moment as a priest, but I look forward to the day when I will be able to celebrate the Eucharist with our parish community.
Gratitude. Passion. Hope. That is what will be on my mind and my heart when I am up there with the bishop's hands on my head. That is what I want my priesthood to be about.
It is this love that transforms the Cross to a sign of hope, and that can transform us into men and women who can cry with confidence "Hail the Cross, our only hope!"
I cannot imagine a greater privilege and joy than to serve Him – and my brothers and sisters – as His priest.
Mary's yes was not just a one-time thing, it was a daily commitment to God's plans for her life.
Perhaps the lesson that St. Joseph and St. André teach us is one of humility in the face of Divine Providence.
As we move further into this Lenten season and I prepare my current RCIA class at Notre Dame to make that same profession of faith I made some sixteen years ago, I am struck by the myriad ways that I have been formed and influenced by Holy Cross.
Even in death our brothers are there with us to help us journey to the next life, to continue to pray for us and support us at those moments when we need it the most.