What a blessing! To be able to look back over 50 years of priestly ministry and realize the ways in which God’s goodness has worked. From my perspective as a priest, it is 50 years of accompanying people in their desire and search for ways to be more open to God’s goodness, and to draw closer to God.
I have had the privilege of accompanying students and parents and secondary education staffs in our efforts to help young people grow into “men and women for others.” I have had the privilege of accompanying parishioner families as they gather to worship God and then to be open to the experience of God’s love in their daily lives. The struggles that many experience as they work to do that well, to better themselves and their families in the face of ethnic and economic discrimination and injustice, is a testimony to the eternal striving of the human spirit, filled with the Divine Spirit, to experience the fullness of God-given life. Most recently, I have had the privilege of accompanying men and women as they make an extra effort to grow in their spiritual lives through the experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. There, and through spiritual direction and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the beauty of the People of God as we strive to draw near to our all-loving and all-forgiving God, is a privileged opportunity to realize that “God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!”