Today, I gave thanks to God for my parents who brought me to the waters of Baptism and was sealed and claimed for Jesus Christ 28 years ago at Saint Patrick’s Parish in San Francisco. It is a grace to be in the Eternal City to celebrate my birth into the Church! And it is a bonus to have an audience with this Prince of the Church:
Raymond Cardinal Burke is an American Cardinal of the Church. He is the current Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. We enjoyed his company as he explained his ministry in Rome. I posed the question of his vocation. He looked at me intently and answered with great affection that it was the Mass that drew him to the priesthood! It was refreshing to hear his story of following Christ.
I came to Rome to meet Jesus Christ and through all the experiences thus far, I have found him a new! In renewing my baptism today, I am falling in love all over with the One who called me to follow him.
Furthermore, I think our discussion after dinner stated it best, “We are all here because of Mary.” Mary’s Immaculate Heart yielded to the will of God. Mary has a special love for her priests and she invites us as seminarians to meditate on the Word, to love her Son, and to do whatever he tells us. The Sacred Heart of Jesus remains tremendously open to receive us as imperfect as we are and purifies us with holy love from the Cross. And how do we encounter that love? At the Mass! At the Holy Mass, Christ is Emmanuel who remains with us in the Eucharist. Of course, no wonder the Mass draws all humanity to the very action of God!
It’s all because of you, Mary! Pilgrims who come to you, show us the face of your Son!
Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever. I am a child of God!
“The baptized have become “living stones” to be “built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission. They are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Baptism gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1268)
Waiting for a Saturday cup of coffee on the streets of Rome!