Seminarian Michael Bower (2016)

Is the Sacrifice Worth It? YES! “I have been crucified with Christ, no longer is it I who live, but Christ who lives within me.” (Galatians 2:20). Seminary is hard work, striving for holiness is hard, celibacy is hard, I am in an ongoing process of being crucified, but I can honestly say that I go to bed every night completely satisfied. I long to be poured out for something greater than myself, and there is absolutely nothing greater than a life given completely to Christ.

Will I Be Happy? “All that is not given away is lost.” -City of Joy. A life of selfishness and comfort does not bring forth happiness, and I know that if I give God my entire life, then He will open my heart up to a life that is far greater than anything I can imagine. Even as I only reflect over my three years in seminary and look forward to priesthood, my greatest desire is to give thanks to God for all that He has given to me. There is nothing I would rather be than a priest of Jesus Christ, dedicated to the mission of saving souls.

Can I Make It through? On my own I can do nothing, but “Jesus does not call the qualified, but qualifies the chosen.” Sure, life in seminary and life as a priest will be hard, but the best things in life are hard. My greatest joy in seminary has been to encounter my utter weakness and inability to answer the call God has given me, yet to see that God has continued to fill me with Himself. He has called me to be an apostle, and if I only lean into Him, He will give me the strength to love beyond capacity.”

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January 17, 2013 · 1:03 PM

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