LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Life's more than Cricket

So . . . what would you expect a cricket fanatic to be doing on Saturday 24 July 2010 ? (There’s ‘Australia Cricket’ at Leeds, a Clydesdale 40 Match at Old Trafford, and then apparently a whole raft of Clydesdale 40 matches – including Glamorgan – to look forward to the following day.)

Well, if you happen to be fr Robert Gay OP, the answer is ‘entirely ignoring it all’ . . . because you will be lying prostrate before the altar of Blackfriars, Oxford, in the process of being ordained a Priest forever (though, knowing fr Robert, I doubt that it will prevent him wanting to know the scores next day !).

One way and another, fr Robert’s journey to 24 July has been an interesting one; and it hasn’t only led him to the priesthood, but also to the role of Promoter of Vocations for the English Province of the Order of Preachers.

You can read at least part of the story in yesterday’s post on Godzdogz, and I believe it will not only answer some questions about why people become priests – and Dominicans – but also why I believe fr Robert is going to be a good Promoter of Vocations.

Please pray for him as he prepares for his Ordination; and, if you remember to do so, spare him a prayer on 24 July that he may be a good and holy priest, and a worthy follower of S. Dominic.

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