Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First day of school recap! :)

Well the first day of school was much better then I expected! In fact it was great! I got to see all of my old friends and make a lot of new ones as well! My classes this year are so different compared to last year, not to mention harder! ;) Then again it is only the first day, so I'm sure I will learn to love them! :) Thanks be to God!

This year, my English teacher is having all of us start blogs! Since I already have this blog, my teacher told me that I could just add this one to my account. Although this new blog is strictly for English class, my profile for writings of a boy discerning God's call pops up. This creates a problem for me because I will have to get up in front of the class and present my blog to my classmates. I have not let any of my classmates know about my desire to be a priest because of the great deal of teasing I endured, so I'm feeling kind of apprehensive. I don't know what my friends and classmates will think about it. I guess what I need to do is not feel ashamed of my vocation, pray and know that God will be with me no matter what! :)

This prayer was taken from the Catholic Youth Website-

Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood

Most merciful Jesus, who didst bid us pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest, on bended knees, we beseech Thee to send down the Holy Spirit on the Christian youth of our land to inspire them with the spirit of sacrifice, to give them courage to leave all to follow Thee.

Spirit of piety, arouse in them zeal for souls; O Spirit of fortitude, give them strength to break all earthly bonds; O Spirit of counsel, guide them into the priesthood; O Spirit of knowledge, make them realize the truth of the words of the Holy Scripture: “He who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins”; O Spirit of wisdom, point out to them the vanity of the world and the nobility of Thy service.


Thank you! :)


  1. John,
    I am glad you had a great first day back. As far as the blog thing, as hard as it is, you have the right mind and heart set in this~don't be ashamed; find your strength in Christ.
    I'll be praying!

  2. Hey, John, as far as the blog thing goes, you are one step up already! I have been made fun of many times because I love God. It seems to come with the territory, but you may find a lot of support, too. The Lord will give you the grace you need. You're very wise for someone your age. I'm glad you enjoyed your 1st day. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dear John,

    As my beloved JPII said, "Non avete paura!" (Do not be afraid!). I remember when I first "broke the news" about my vocation. The reaction was: "You're going to do WHAT!?! You're going to imprison yourself! After X many years of higher education?! Are you DEPRESSED??" But... God will give you the fortitude and all the graces necessary when the moment comes for you to let others know of your heart's desires. All vocations (religious, priestly, married, single) are a mystery and gift from God. Pray that others may have the light to see that. I keep you in my prayers in a special way, that the good Lord lead you to His love in whatever special way He desires for you.

    God bless you!

  4. Glad you had a good day!
    As for the anxiety about what you will face in sharing your vocation with your class:

    "Blessed are they who are persecuted for My name's sake...for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven"!!!

    BRING IT ON John...BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. John, my newest post is dedicated to you.

  6. I shall pray for you, John, as you present your blog. Do so with confidence and trust; you never know how the Lord will use your blog.

  7. Kids will always find something to tease each other about. If it is not for wanting to be a priest, it will be for something else. That goes along with being a kid -- no one escapes even if it seems like they do. So, take it in stride, pray as needed, and love your peers in spite of their teasing (or even because of it).

    May you have a blessed week.

  8. Hi John,
    Just came across your blog - how exciting that the Holy Spirit in inspiring you to consider the priesthood.
    Perhaps the Holy Spirit sent me here! I am the communications director for a group of Catholic missionary priests. I hope you'll visit our blog and website and learn more about us.
    Many prayers coming your way!
    P.S. Now I'm convinced you need to visit us! I keep trying to post my wordpress site, and I can't get it to work! Here's our links: (website) (blog)

  9. John, I am so happy to see Fr. Daren's message here. He is a wonderful priest and a good friend of Esther (A Catholic Mom of Hawaii) and me.

    God bless you abundantly!