All of you here have made an impact on my life, and in your own way have helped guide me to this moment.
This trek through Rome is an image of our longer journey as a pilgrim people treading the way to reconciliation with God.
Thomas cries out on behalf of all people who know the pain of separated-ness. And without even knowing it, he identifies the source of healing for that pain.
Now, Matthew, David, Timothy, Stephen, Daniel, and Christopher, you are about to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood.
My brothers, never lose that sense of awe at any point in your lives of having the privilege of celebrating the sacraments and presiding at the Eucharist.
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!"