I eluded the call to priesthood for many years because I knew saying yes to God would mean saying no to many of my own pursuits. But when I said yes to my own pursuits I said no to God, and I had no peace. It was only when I said yes to God that I had peace within and fulfilment through God.
Saying yes to God to be a priest meant saying no to married life. This requires sacrifice. Saying yes to one thing means saying no to another. As a spouse, a parent, or as a student; in all these things sacrifice and suffering is required. Jesus also suffered when saying yes to God His heavenly Father. Jesus, although He loved His friends, waited a few days after His friend’s death because He knew it was His Father’s will. He suffered the death of His good friend Lazarus and the sorrow of his other friends and Jesus was greatly disturbed and began to weep. Sometimes we may have to suffer for doing the right thing.
Fr Bob Bedard, our founder, would say, there is a lot of good things to do but it is only worth doing
God’s thing. So, if you say yes to God’s thing you may have to say no to other good things, even though others may not understand and be upset with you. But if we say yes to God, not only will He raise our bodies up on the last day, he will raise us above the ordeal we are undergoing and draw us closer to His intimate self and give us His peace.
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints, to those who turn to Him in their hearts.” - Psalm 85