If there is one constant in the life of a priest, is that so much of what it means to be a priest places us in the context of relationships. We witness the promises husband and wife make to each other in marriage, we see the pride of young parents as they bring their children to be baptized, we accompany people when they are sick or in the hospital, and we find ourselves present in the last moments of someone’s life. We are also privileged to be part of the most important relationship, namely one’s relationship with God.
One of the greatest graces in my life, has been to witness the holiness that is pervasively present in the people that I have come to know and serve. It is one thing to hear a document of the Second Vatican Council which tells us that everyone has a call to holiness, but it is quite another thing to witness the power of the spirit relationship but a person seeks to answer that call universal holiness.