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If you had the chance to watch our recent video on our First Communicant interviewing Deacon Bobby, a soon-to-be ordained priest, this post will interest you! This past Friday, in a breathtaking, awe-inspiring Mass, our Deacon Bobby joined seven of his fellow brothers to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders, joyfully accepting his call by Our Lord.
Then, today, we were truly honored and blessed to be able witness his first Mass. There are few words that could aptly describe it. Still, as I participated in this momentous occasion when heaven met earth, one word would not leave my mind. That word? JOY.
Throughout the entire Mass, joy literally permeated in and out of all aspects of this special liturgy, finding its way to the hearts of its witnesses, as evidenced by the smiles continually seen as the Mass proceeded. This joy was so contagious that I wished that other young men could share in this moment to catch a glimpse of why the vocation to the priesthood is so beyond what many think in today's culture. Father Bobby's excitement and intense love of his God reminded me of the love of a bridegroom at his wedding, and it was truly a blessing to witness.
If you have never had the opportunity to experience a first Mass, believe me when I tell you that it is not something that can be easily forgotten. I can only imagine what it must be like to experience the Consecration for the first time. There are probably no words to humanly describe that moment!
We are beyond proud of Father Bobby and sincerely grateful that he answered God's call. With his "larger than life" personality, gifted singing voice and story-telling abilities and intense training, he is well-equipped to set out on his journey to share his deep love of the faith and spread the Word of God to a thirsty people.
May God pour His blessings upon all of our new priests that are being ordained throughout the world right now!! And may we continue to help with this calling, encouraging others to be open to the vocation of religious life. Thank you, Lord, for continuing to send such incredible harvesters out to Your waiting fields!
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