Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Crunch Time

So here's where we're at: we have six more days of classes followed by finals week. It may surprise you to know that many of us are not (yet) worried about our final exams. Why? Because there are those end-of-the-term projects, presentations, and papers that are all coming due as well.

This is especially challenging because, as major seminarians, we are taking "grad school" courses but also have other responsibilities: teaching parish, prayers, work around the seminary.

Many of us are looking at the next three weeks and seeing almost no free time. Yet this can be a very good thing. In an indirect way, this is an important piece of our formation that we may better serve Christ, the Church, and you - the People of God. As potential future pastors, we will often be extremely busy yet need to strike a balance in all of our duties, and that includes prayer. The "crunch time" of finishing papers and preparing for final exams is an opportunity to learn (and re-learn) how to accomplish all the tasks required of us and yet still be of Christian cheer and hold a strong prayer life.

Take care, -Jeremy