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Came to Church for the girls, ended up a priest
Posted By Eric Sammons On May 12, 2009 @ 7:57 am In The Church | Comments Disabled
I just read the beautiful priestly vocation story  of Msgr. Charles Pope, a wonderful priest here in the D.C. archdiocese. An excerpt:
In high school I was made aware of a Church choir that was forming for High School kids. I didn’t like church music, I was a Rock ‘n’ Roll fan only. I couldn’t sing. But I did notice that there were some very pretty girls singing in that High School Church Choir. So, in my sophomore year of High School I joined. This would be a good way to meet those girls and have a chance to date them. And sure enough, I was able to date several of them! (I even learned to sing). Now going to Church was far more interesting. I still didn’t love God all that much but the young ladies were a real draw. And through it all God was preparing me to meet my bride. Not necessarily the bride I expected, but my bride nonetheless.
Through the remainder of my High School years and into college I moved into musical leadership. I became a cantor, an organist, and eventually, in early college became the director of that Choir. Now I was planning music and pondering the spiritual message of the lyrics, learning more of the faith. I favored the spiritual classics over the modern but I got to know all the genres. One day my pastor said to me, “Charles Pope I think you are called to be a priest!” I laughed and asked if he’d like to meet my girl-friend. But something started that day. A seed was planted. No one had ever said that to me before and it touched a nerve.
One of the common threads of priestly vocation stories is that someone unexpectedly asks a young man to consider being a priest. How many men do not hear God’s call because no one spoke for Him?
Always be open to asking the young men you know to consider the call to the priesthood. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up in a story like this one.
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