By Paul Floersch – Pre-Theology II, Omaha
My brother Louis rarely says kind things. However, he also rarely says unkind things. So in sum, he doesn’t say much. Which is why I listened carefully to his reaction when I told him I was pursuing the priesthood. His response brought me great satisfaction: “Wow. You’d be a great priest. You are so good with people.” I was so pleasantly surprised that my brother— who wasn’t so good with people—would have the humility to tell me that I would make a good priest precisely because I was good with people. Needless to say, I’ve held this brief conversation close to heart.
However, being good with people, I have quickly learned, is a talent which, in its singularity, is an insufficient ingredient for the concoction of a priest. Perhaps arrogantly, I thought that this talent of mine would be the secret ingredient for an excellent priesthood.