I was privileged to spend an hour with the seminarians of Our Lady of Providence Seminary on Friday evening. Here is some of what I shared with them.
What is Saint John’s Seminary?
But priestly formation is no easy task, and priestly ministry is no simple life in the first decades of the twenty-first century. For, as the Lord himself assured us, the world will often treat the Priest as it treated him, the One whom they hung upon the cross for our salvation. This Seminary must prepare men like you for ministry in a world of too many wolves who too often enjoy devouring shepherds.
When you preach the Lord Jesus, and not the latest self-indulgent fantasies of the world, you will be reviled and obnoxious to those who would deny the Truth who is Christ;
When you proclaim fearlessly that the life of every human being, no matter how young or how old, rich or poor, well or ill enjoys a dignity that comes from the Creator, you will be deemed foolish, old fashioned, or insensitive to technological advances;
When you live and preach fidelity and purity, you will be considered quaint or prudish and out of touch with the real world;
When you are peaceable, gentle and merciful, many will smirk with innuendo, spitefulness and cruelty;
When you live as servants and defenders of the poor, always seeking the last place, the world will call you naïve, and will tempt you with the pleasures of prestige and worldly treasure.
But rest assured, my dear brothers, that you have been called to be nothing less than living images of Christ, Head, Shepherd, and Bridegroom. The Christ who corrects his ambitious and self-righteous disciples...Jesus, the Son of the Living God through whom all things were made, stooping down before arrogant men, embracing a child, and declaring that, unless you become like a little child, small and innocent, and pure, you shall not enter the Kingdom of God.
Such is the Priesthood which you are discerning and forming and grasping for. And as such, you are the most blessed among men.
So sow, let me share with you A Seminary Life: Saint John’s Seminary.