Saturday, June 13, 2009

The gift that keeps on giving

"It’s like giving them a secret gift that will be opened in many years: the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of the church, the gift of fellowship. But not everyone will open this gift right away. Now, like some gifts it might not be appreciated at the moment it is given. But some day it will. Maybe, I think, they’ll open that gift when they’re a child, maybe when they're a little older, maybe when they're college students, maybe not until they're married or until their own children are born, or maybe not until they are facing death. But the gift is there, waiting, expectant, patient."

— Father James Martin S.J. on performing the sacrament of baptism, "Why I Like Being a Priest."

On this Feast of St. Anthony, please pray for priests.