A Letter to Seminarians

My dear brothers in Christ:

I want to say thank you.

Thank you for enduring loneliness, pain, and rejection. To love is to will the good of the other and your love for the Church is clear in your willingness to endure all things for the sake of your beloved future Bride. You are willing to allow these current struggles for the sake of your future vocation and the souls that you will encounter. You are making sacrifices now and will continue to make sacrifices in your future priesthood that are never seen by anyone other than God. Yet you press on, for the sake of Jesus Christ. What you are doing looks insane in the eyes of the world. To give up marriage and to live celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, to live in a community of other men for years on end before you are even ordained a priest, to receive much rejection willingly… none of it makes sense without Christ. Don’t forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t forget what’s at stake. What you are doing is not only for the here and now. What you are doing has an eternal purpose. Don’t lose sight of the goal. Christ has called you here and you have responded. Thank you.

And please don’t think you have to wait to love the Church. You are loving Her right now. Every sacrifice, every pain, every difficulty is an opportunity to love Her. As a member of the Church, these sacrifices are huge. We need holy men, we need real men, we need heroes willing to take up their cross. We need you. 

Thank you for your yes.

You are not alone. Christ is strengthening you. Our Blessed Mother is protecting you. Your Bride is praying for you.

Love, the Church

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