Saturday, 25 October 2008

Out of my diary...

Well not strictly out of my diary, but I found the following notes in an old notepad, and decided to throw them on this blog. Not that there are anything special, but for me it was very touching to again read the notes...

10-01-2004:
Brian [who joined the Dominicans the September following] gave everybody an invitation at the Legion of Mary meeting on Tuesday to go up to the young people's retreat of the Marian Movement of Priest, held every 2nd weekend in January in Dublin. I was very tired through out the week, as it was very busy at work and with the Legion of Mary, but decided to go to this retreat on the last moment, even though it did go against energy levels, logic and time, and I was wondering why I was so mad...When we arrived in All Hollows, Dublin, I felt however straight away a great peace, and had the sense I was on the right place...

During the weekend I had a talk with Fr. Gerry McClosky and told him about my conversion to Catholicism and my baptism, confirmation and first holy communion during Easter just the past uear. As a result he asked me to give a short testimony during one of the talks given at the retreat, which caught me by surprise, but I tried to do my best to tell mt story

On the Saturday evening there was Eucharistic Adoration, and the thought of a vocation started to be very strongly roused up again in my heart. I decided to go to confession and also to ask for some spiritual direction in this matter. Brian mentioned earlier that some people are too focused on marriage and don't hear the call of God in their lives, and I was wondering if I was becoming one of them. I had a good chat with Fr. Gerry, and he said to me that he would never put somebody off the desernment of a vocation [even as I had a girlfriend at the time] and to pray about it.


So now the next step is that I have to pray and ask what the Lord wants me to do with my life.


This is now almost 5 years ago, and for me personally it was very strinking to read it back. It reminds and confirms that I have felt the call to serve God through the priesthood (and religious life) from the very start of being a Catholic, something I often forget...

I can remember that shortly after this retreat I contacted the Fr. Gerard Dunne OP, our Vocations Director, for the first time to talk about my vocation. After that I put the whole idea on ice for a while, and it would be almost three years before my next contact with him after that...

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