Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

by Fr. Gordon J. MacRae

"..I served in Father Moe’s parish during my year as a transitional deacon, and it was Father Moe whom I chose to present me with my stole and vestments at priesthood ordination. I was the sole candidate for ordination in the Diocese of Manchester in 1982. I have a vivid memory of standing at attention as Father Moe solemnly placed the stole of priesthood upon my shoulders. He whispered something that no one else could hear: “This is not for you,” he said, nodding to the congregation. “It’s for them. Never forget that.” I never did. I never saw priesthood as something that elevated me, but rather as something the Lord brought about despite me, and into which I could only hope by grace to ascend. I was never worthy of it. I’m still not..."

No comments: