It was fifteen years ago when I recall having this conversation with a mentor about his life as a priest.

I was amazed to hear from him that after being a leader of his community, he steps down to be just one of its members, and be ready to obey to another priest who comes around to assume the leadership.

Back then, I regarded that priest as one of the best preachers. His sermons were anchored in real life and a great sense of humor to boot. I also knew him to be a teacher of theology. Such intellectual, I told myself.

But at that moment, my admiration toward that priest grew more at that very moment.

In my young heart, I felt the joy of living a life similar that of my mentor’s, and a flicker of light has been ignited.


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