As I grow older, I have become more aware of the generous gifts God has given me. The greatest gift is the gift of life itself. The second gift is the gift of faith, thanks to my parents who passed it on to me. The third gift is the gift of a Jesuit vocation. I had set my sights on being an electrical engineer, but the Spirit of God guided me in a different direction. The fourth greatest gift is that of being able to serve God and others as a priest. I will keep nurturing these gifts until the day I die.
In the meantime, my main apostolate has been as the minister of the communities I have lived in. The minister takes care of the other Jesuits in the community: makes sure they have proper meals, are warm enough in winter and cool enough in summer, fixes all sorts of things. My apostolate is to make sure that my companions are able to do their apostolates: six years in one community, nine years in another, 10 years in another, four years in another, three years in another, eight years in another – 40 years in total. It has been a wild ride, and I have enjoyed all of it, especially all the lifelong companions I have made and all the people I have helped: weddings, funerals, counseling those in need.
My favorite prayer is from Psalm 40: “Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.”
My favorite spiritual author is Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”