I was slower than Mary in accepting the Lord’s plan for me.
I usually would not bore you with tales from my past, but today I ask you bear with me as I make an exception…
I was 20 years old when my brother was driving me to where I would begin my studies for the priesthood. I was overtaken on the ride there that we had to go back. I told my brother to turn the car around, and we surprised everyone back home when I told them I was just now deviating from my lifelong plan.
When Mary is told today of God’s plan for her, she is at first confused, but offered an explanation through the angel, and then immediately accepts her vocation. I was certainly slower in accepting what God had in store for me. Since that day, the Lord has led me down paths I could not have planned for myself. If we do not spend time with the Lord in prayer, we will not experience that call, with its wonder and grace.
How is the Lord calling you? What plans did the Lord make for you that conflicted with your own?
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.