One beautiful morning in the spring of 2009 while at prayer preparing for my annual conference with the provincial, I had, what I have come to call, an intuitive flash. With this flash came a powerful, enduring realization of how God has blessed, inspired, and supported me in every significant turn in my life, beginning with my birth into a wonderful family, and through my early schooling at St. Mary’s Grammar and High School in Albuquerque, and Regis College in Denver. At Regis, I experienced a growing desire to serve Jesus Christ and his Church and in the spring of 1954 I had an intuitive flash that I should do this as a Jesuit priest.
As I look back over my past 63 years as a Jesuit and 50 years as a priest I have come to realize that, like recurring thunderstorms, these flashes have dotted my life. They frequently light up my prayer life and give me insight, substance and direction. But they also come from family, friends, and teachers. Three Jesuit were especially inspiring. Father C.J. McNaspy was certainly the greatest and most inspiring teacher I ever had. Father Bob North, a world class Scripture scholar, who gave me an appreciation of Scripture and Biblical scholarship that still helps me find and understand God’s message to us. Father Jimmy Yamauchi, my Tertian master, who significantly inspired and shaped my spiritual life. Life with them was like walking through a severe thunderstorm with lightning bolts striking all around – such were the intuitive flashes they inspired.
Four years after my ordination I became the principal of Jesuit High School in Shreveport and have been in some form of administration to this day. Each job has filled me with blessings from the Lord and from the people I have served. For all this I am forever grateful.