Your humble scribe has now been in full service of the Lord for five years.
Yep, just five short years (lifetimes?) ago, I had a short nap in the Cathedral on a gorgeous Saturday morning (with the Cicadas singing along), woke up, had some guy with a pointy hat lay his hands on my head and whammo: Priest Forever.
Talking to a classmate the other day, I can hardly remember what it was like before hand. Maybe that has to do with being in seminary for 8 years, starting at the age of 19, so I was only in school before my life of service to the Church.
Congrats to my seven classmates, as well. 5 are pastors, 3 of us are in specialized ministry: DoV, Hospital Chaplain, and University Chaplain.
Hardly seems possible.
Is it fitting we were ordained on the feast of St. Rita, patron of lost causes?