OK, so AdoroTeDevote tagged me for a meme. I don't know whether to be honored or offended, but either way, she's tagged me, so I should do it.
The rule of the meme is this: Name 7 things that you love. Hmm...I could get into a theological discussion of whether or not you can actually love things, but I'll spare it for now. Anyways, here are the 7 things that I love, in no particular order:
1.Being a priest – I truly love my vocation to the priesthood. To be able to bring Christ to His people in the Sacrifice of the Mass. To be an instrument of God's mercy through the Sacrament of Confession. To be a source of comfort to someone when they're dying, and to be with the family when they are gathered for the funeral of a loved one. I feel so privileged to be able to be a part of God's plan of salvation, serving Him as one of His priests.
2.Jesus – The reason why I'm a priest. I sought ordination not for my own benefit, but to serve Our Lord Jesus Christ as He would have me serve Him. When standing at the altar or administering a Sacrament, I have the great privilege to stand in Persona Christi, to stand in His place. This is a great honor for me, which I am really unworthy to receive. The realization of the honor I have received makes me love Him all the more.
3.The Church – Just as I love Jesus, the head of the Church, I also love His Body. The Church truly is the Body of Christ present on Earth, and exists for one reason: so that we might know how to get to Heaven. How could you not love that?
4.The Pope – Somebody has to keep us in line. Jesus knew that we would need a visible head of the Church, and left us St. Peter and his successors. They weren't always perfect, but they all had the promise by Christ that they would have the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. We can't go wrong trusting in His promise.
Now for the more secular things that I “love”:
5.Electronic Gadgets – I admit that I'm a gadget geek. Whether it's a BlackBerry, a GPS unit in my car, or video game systems, I seem to be always using some electronic gadget. I can live without them, I just choose not to.
6.My car – I know, I know, priests aren't supposed to be attached to personal property, but I really enjoy driving my car. It's just a lot of fun to drive and looks good. I do put over 2000 miles on it in a month, so I guess I probably should enjoy driving it.
7.My family – We don't always get along, and we don't always see eye to eye on things, but I wouldn't trade my family in for anything. My parents have been great supporters throughout the seminary and ordination, and continue to support me in the priesthood.
Who do I want to tag for this meme? I think I'm just going to be lazy on this one and just open it to anyone who wants to do it.