What I liked about the article, a priest is called to die to himself and live for his parishioners and people. I feel Fr. Vakoc has done this.
It is also good to recognize that, as a priest, I often do not get to see the results of my ministry. It is good to read:
A woman whose husband was stationed in Germany with Vakoc now sits with him
each Thursday afternoon in the D.C. hospital, spelling his sister from her
bedside watch. The woman credits the chaplain with saving her life by helping
her through a difficult time in Heidelberg.
Get well soon, Fr. Vakoc!