Imagine the experience of childhood being retrieved: its memories, its innocence and openness to many possibilities! Imagine the journey of a prayer from a child like prayer to prayer of a grown up and a bit of experience! Imagine the joy of being where you wouldn’t have thought of or say ‘one day I want to …!’
I went to Medugorje and I can honestly say the experience turned my life upsidown. I always knew about Our Lady growing up but in Medugorje I came to know how much she loves me and is a Mother to me despite my weakness and sinfulness. When I came home from Medugorje I saw life with new eyes. I couldn’t stop smiling. .. I was given a glimpse of Gods love for me and I wasn’t going to let it go.
A life changing event happened in 2008, I travelled to Australia to the World Youth Day, where once again my faith was reinvigorated; and it was there I decided, during my time in prayer that God was still calling me to priesthood, the only decision was where? In my discernment I prayed the words of Mary, the Mother of God, “Be it done unto me according to your word,”
A vocation is like climbing a mountain, doing the Camino to Santiago – demanding, difficult, involving risk and it is thrilling. On this day 34 years ago I was ordained a priest. I am now 59 years old, serving as curate in Shankill and I am truthfully having the best time of my life. Thanks be to God.
On the way in I purchased a daily paper and going through the pages I found myself transfixed looking at a picture of Blessed Vincent Pallotti, who was about to be canonised at that time in Rome. This was in January 1963. My mind was made up as I felt Jesus; the great High Priest was directing me back to my first love as a future Pallottine.