Saturday, August 21, 2010

Being and Instrument

This is what I wrote yesterday from JFK. I didn't get the chance to post it until today due to lack of internet access. Today I am back in Brazil and getting settled in. Many thanks to my family and all I have met this past month

Today I fly back to Brazil. It's a long flight; ten hours from New York to São Paolo. Then there are the connector flights. In all it will be some twenty hours door to door.

I am, as you know, looking forward to my return to Brazil. It is a new page, a new chapter in my life. In some aspects, it is a whole new book. What I am looking for most of all is for the Holy Spirit to do the writing. Why? Because the experiences I have had in the past weeks have been of being and instrument in the hands of the Lord. There have been so many people that have thanked me for graces received, prayers answered, for being able to return to Mass, among others.

Have there been graces like this while I was still in Brazil? Yes. But for some reason there have been more in the last weeks. Why? That has been the center of my thoughts recently. I think I can explain it as follows.

While I was still in Brazil working on my departure from the legion, my mind was caught up in a windstorm of emotions and, at times, anxieties. This month since I have been in the States, I have worked at clearing my mind and focusing on what is most important in my priestly life.

I wrote in a previous post that I will need to discover a new spirituality that will not include the lc way of looking at things. That, I think, will come from centering my spirituality on what it means to be a priests.

Above all, I see that it is necessary to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, who is working in souls at all times. A priest seeks to discover the work of the Holy Spirit and nurture it, or help souls recognize it, recognize it and obey what he asks.

This is what I have seen in the past weeks. Now that I am less centered on myself and the personal problem that leaving the congregation brought me, I am more attentive to people, souls who are seeking, and the God who is seeking souls.

To be an instrument of God's grace! What better spirituality for a priest to follow.


  1. freefromrcandhealingAugust 22, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    God bless you Father, it's going to be awesome!

  2. Fr. Jack:

    I'm so happy to hear you've arrived safely at your new destination. Your family must have hugged you to death as you left!

    One big difference, I would bet, is that you will now be able to have them visit you freely!

    God is working in you. Continue to follow His lead and you'll be fine.

    ATL Granny

  3. Vaya con dios! No con maciel!

  4. Father,

    I need advice, I grew up in a very loving family. I loved my dad because he taught that fidelity is what defined you as a man. He also never complained about suffering or being esteemed. This is something he said came from the men in or family before us. My wife is never supportive of me and not very affectionate, it is hard to feel appriecated.I have recently become aware that my grandfather may not have been the man my father wanted me to become. Should I consider leaving my familiy and find for a lady who I thnk will appriecate me more.

  5. Anon at 11:08-

    Do you really think your attempt at analogy has any merit?

    This is another good example of how the Legion warps people's ability to use logic and reason.

    ATL Granny

  6. Dear Comment at 11:08AM,
    I am really sorry, but this is not the proper forum for your question.

  7. Fr. Jack, I assume they're keeping you pretty busy at your new location. Give us an update when you can catch your breath. I'm very interested in hearing how things are going!

    ATL Granny

  8. Anon 11:08--

    Father Jack is not leaving the Church. He is not leaving the Priesthood.

    He is simply leaving the Legion. It's not analagous at all.

    It's more like: I'm a doctor and I have been working at a "Catholic" Hospital for years. I just found out that the profits from that hospital have been going to support the local planned parenthood clinic. In fact, the entire OB/GYN floor was a facade, set up to get more 'clients' for a the clinic! And good people were sucked into this ruse. The head of the hospital even used ME to lure more people in!

    He said "Look, Dr. Anon is a good Catholic and a good surgeon. Would HE be associated with anything that gave to Planned Parenthood?"

    Yet even as he said that, he was performing abortions on the side!

    I have saved many lives through my surgery. I am called to be a surgeon. But I cannot support this hospital, even though most of the other doctors and nurses are well-meaning people.

    I have an oppurtunity to work at another hospital, an authentically Catholic one. Should I switch hospitals?

    Anon 11:08, you need serious help and major catechesis if you think leaving the legion is morally equivelant to leaving a marriage. I will pray for you.

  9. Deirdre -- good analogy!

    Fr. Jack, you are still in the thoughts and prayers of many. Please log in and give us an update when you can.

    ATL Granny


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