By Deacon Seth Gogolin
This last Thursday, my 19 classmates and I at St. Meinrad made the final step before priesthood ordination by publicly promising that we are completely free in choosing to be ordained, that we believe all of the teachings of the Church, and finally, that we will always be faithful and obedient to those teachings both by handing on the truths of the faith, and by living them out in our lives. In less than three months I will once again – just as I did at my diaconate ordination – promise obedience to my bishop and all of his successors at my ordination to the priesthood.
Hearing all of this, you might rightly ask me: “Do you know what you are getting yourself into?” This is a valid question, it is an important question, and it is one that I have wrestled with during my years of seminary formation. I can now answer confidently, that I do know what I am getting myself into. In promising to be obedient to my bishop and all of the teachings of the Church, what I am getting into is death. Not a physical death, but a death to self, a death to thinking that I know better than God – God who guides the Church in all of her teachings in faith and morals. [Read more…]