“Some of you will be become priests”…

… I can tell my son about the importance of prayer and lead by example all day long but my words and actions will never have the same deeply profound impact as it would coming from his father. The reality is his father was rabidly anti-Catholic and hasn’t been around in eight years. It’s been a hidden suspicion of mine that he’ll view practicing his faith as womanly, since I’m his only example. And I can be a poor one at times. St. Monica I am not.

I am always immensely grateful when the values I try to impart on my son are echoed by solid male role models, like my parish priest. This week, during altar server training, Father told the gathered group of young men the importance of having proper posture when they serve. He said posture was a good skill to master now because it will aid them later when they become priests. And he emphasized, “Yes, some of you will become priests”*. And a seed was planted. I can hint and suggest and even pray for my son to become a priest but it will always be perceived as something I want for him and not something he wants for himself. But thanks to Father, the idea of the priesthood was reinforced by someone other than his plain ole mom.

Even the seminarian, who helps train the boys, made a point to remind them how necessary it is to establish a daily routine of prayer, starting from the moment they wake up. Basically, all stuff I’ve been saying for years that’s fallen on young deaf ears. One can hope this advice will sink in coming from someone else.

Thanks be to God for good, holy men.

Painting by José Benlliure y Gil, Altar Boys C. 1871

*Vocations are born at the foot of the altar. Imagine how less profound the impact of this statement would have been if we had altar girls; which, thankfully we do not. Not too mention a bit odd and confusing.

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • The Catholic Science Geek

    I tend to catch myself praying that at least one future son of mine will be a priest or a sister…so I totally know where you’re coming from.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      My kid being ordained may be my only shoot into heaven! Talk about pressure!

      • Maggie Goff

        You got such a giggle out of me with that!

  • Suzanne

    If we’re blessed with sons and any of them become a priest there will be an ABSURD amount of money spent on his ordination… I’m with you, Kat!

  • B

    Four girls, one son- there will be only one alter server in this house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.girone Allison Girone

    I continue to pray that God would choose my three sons for the priesthood….but it isn’t my decision…or theirs, really. It is God’s decision.

    In talking to seminarians and reading about them, I have heard that many cite their mother’s faith as an essential ingredient to their own faith. Also, that Eucharistic adoration, being with Our Lord, truly present and in silence, regularly, helped them discern their calling and increase their spiritual life.

    Strongly agree with you that our sons need faithful men in their life, too, especially priests that inspire them. A priest once said in a talk that he felt that vocations were lost to errors, repeatedly watching a priest who doesn’t care about liturgical errors or love his vocation enough to honor it joyfully to the world would not inspire his young male parishioners to listen/hear/joyfully submit to what God was calling them to…sad.

    Sounds like your son has many things going for him … your example and his priest’s should he be called to the Priesthood I join you in prayer that he respond to that honor…praying that for my 3 sons and all our future priests.

  • shadowlands

    Katrina, those whom God calls, He equips. Trust. He’s never let me down yet. Just let your will relax. He does the rest. Ros. Trusting Mom, of five sons. Also divorced. xx

  • http://twitter.com/sixtus66 Sixtus66

    In my opinion you are very wrong when you say, “Imagine how less profound the impact of this statement would have been if we had altar girls; which, thankfully we do not. Not too mention a bit odd and confusing.”
    Not confusing at all; people know the difference between a boy and a girl. Plus, vocations are not just needed for the priesthood, they are desparately needed to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood.The seeds of faith are planted at a young age. How is it nurturing a child’s faith when the little girls (and teens) are told that they are not allowed to serve the celebrant at the altar simply because she is the wrong gender? I’ll give you a hint…It’s not. At all.
    I know I’m going against the grain here but…God calls people regardless of their gender. To tell a young girl (or even a teen) that she can’t be an altar server simply because of her gender does more harm to that child’s faith than you can possibly imagine. After a while to hear over and over again, “sorry, you’re not a boy/guy” pushes them away from the Church. Why would a woman, after experiencing this treatment as a child want to even consider being a part of such an institution let alone a religious community? Another hint…Sadly, they don’t.
    I would encourage everyone to pray for vocations to the priesthood and to religious life, we need vocations! Male AND female vocations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.rowe.948 Mark Rowe

    There are alter girls allowed in the church and they can go on to be nun’s or brides of Christ. Finally pray for deacon hood, it is where I plan to go once my 3 catholic sons are old enough to live without the need of a mother if she should pass away.