I so loved hearing Fr. John’s homily. It’s always a combination of authority, of compassion, of dedication and wit.
“A neighbor asked me that question before”, Fr. John continued.
They thought he can be a good priest since he had the leadership skills and he’s very friendly. They didn’t mention he’s religious though. Apparently, during those days he was not. He was even dating a girl.
After years of battling and looking for life’s deeper meanings- he decided to be a priest. He called his girlfriend about his thoughts.
“Oh, the last guy I dated went to the seminary”, she said.
He faced tremendous temptations on his first few years as a seminarian. Moving to Newport Beach doesn’t help at all.
“Why did you want to be a priest?” he asked his Spiritual Director.
“Well, for 2 reasons. First, no woman would want me. Second, I don’t want to work my butt off all my life”, he joked.
Somehow, Fr. John was ordained as a priest. In fact, he celebrated his girlfriend’s wedding.
“Ohhhhhhhh,” the community whispered in chorus.
I admit that put a smile on my face considering it has been 40 years down the road. I thought that was a tender, cute story that is worth sharing ^-^