It only seemed like yesterday when I sat on the steps of the Roman Forum cooling off with a cold bottle of water, walked around the plaza of Saint Peter’s Basilica under the embrace of Bernini’s colonnade. It also seems that it was only yesterday, when I spent the good part of year learning, enduring, and contemplating God’s will for my life as I carried out my internship at Saint Raphael Parish in San Rafael. I met God’s people there from a variety of ages and experiences. They have taught me so much, they have taught me the price of loving God, the joy of loving and serving God through them.
And then I woke up today and realized that I was back at Menlo for my 8th year of formation. Ninety-four seminarians fill this house of formation at Saint Patrick’s Seminary & University.
In his homily to the house, Archbishop Cordelione challenged the seminarians to allow God to be the chisel that forms our hearts. God fashions us, chips away at our rough edges, and makes us ready for his purpose. Chisel my heart, O Lord, with your burning love.