"I’m just proud to know that he’s listening to God.”
Those words stuck with me after one of our donors told me this story about his son:
“When my boy was about 8 years old, he had a weekend soccer game near Mundelein and we got there early, so I decided to show him the beautiful campus at Mundelein Seminary. While walking down by the lake, my son turned to me and said, ‘Dad, this place just makes you want to pray.’ I was so surprised! So we said a little prayer there together.”
“Almost two years later we were back in the area for another game and out of the blue he asked, ‘Dad, can we go by the seminary again? I really liked that place.’ It touched me that he had such a fond memory of this great, holy place. I don’t know whether he’ll become a seminarian soBible tells us that Joseph was a just man. He was a righteous man and obedient to the Law. Joseph was told in a dream that he should take Mary as his wife even though she was with child. It was themeday, but I do know that he is listening to God. And it makes me very proud of my son.”
As you reflect on the nativity scene during this Christmas season, I ask you to recall this touching story of a father and son and remember St. Joseph as the foster father of Jesus.
The power of the Holy Spirit that overshadowed Mary and she would conceive and bear a Son named Jesus. This Son was the long awaited Messiah, born of a virgin, from the family of David, just as the prophets had predicted long ago.
It is interesting to note that St. Joseph never said a word in the Bible. He has no notable quotes, no quotes at all in fact. Yet his example and his actions speak volumes. He did what God asked of Him. He did God’s Will. He was just, obedient and faithful as he raised this infant child to manhood.
Throughout the Church’s history, we celebrate St. Joseph as the Protector of the Holy Family and the Patron of the Universal Church. We look to St. Joseph for protection and strength, just as he gave it to his family, his wife, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Her only begotten Son, Jesus Christ!
I think about Joseph obeying God’s request and see a similar eagerness in our students. Our Seminarians are listening to God’s call.
This year, Mundelein Seminary has 192 young men studying for the priesthood. While so much in this world tells them to ignore this calling from God, they have listened and they have answered yes.
This is the largest group of seminarians that we’ve had in over a decade. I’m humbled to teach what I can to these men who will someday faithfully serve as priests of Jesus Christ for your sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters and friends.
Will you consider a gift of whatever you can to help me in this important mission? Your support provides scholarships, food, housing and books to let these men focus on their seminary studies and growth as men of God. They are good men who are listening to God.
With a contribution to Mundelein Seminary, you are part of our community of supporters who lift up these young men and encourage them every step of the way on their path to priesthood. Mundelein Seminary is their final step before being ordained a priest. This holy place that “makes you want to pray” is their home for many years on their journey to the priesthood.
This Christmas, please make a gift to honor their hard work as you also honor St. Joseph who simply listened to God and acted in faith.
I thank you for your faithful heart, your generous spirit, and your encouraging prayers that lift me up every day. We are all trying to listen to God and hear His call.
Please remember me and our seminarians in your prayers, and know that we will pray for you.
God bless you during this Holy Season. May you listen to Our Heavenly Father as you prepare for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Very Reverend Robert Barron
P.S. Like the young boy and like St. Joseph, our seminarians are listening to God and answering His call. Will you make a gift today to support their path to priesthood?