Have you ever had the experience of getting either to work or getting home and not remembering the drive? I’m sure that this has happened to you. You stroll over to your car, start the engine, and then you realize you’ve made it to your destination without any memory of the commute.
When a priest celebrates an anniversary, it is more than just about him. It is also about God and his people. Having celebrated 50 years as a priest, I am grateful to God, and to all of you, and all of the people in the parishes I served for letting me touch you with my faith, my care and concern, and for allowing me to enter into your lives, sometimes at moments which are personal for you.
I have been blessed all these years to serve at Saint James. Preaching God’s Word and administrating the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, is nourishing for all involved. This faith community has helped me grow and develop in my faith and in my priesthood.