My closest friend is going to be ordained on Dec. 14. Although he is a very good man, he is nervous. He is sensitive to the dignity of souls, and recently said this in emails:
I am beginning to be a little bit nervous about my ordination and the responsibilities for the good of other people. Sometimes I just think I can’t give enough of myself to others, and do not love them with all my strength; an inherent doubt in my own goodness, but God will perfect my failings.
I have a few exams to prepare, among them the exam of jurisdiction: allowing me to hear confessions, and to preach. Time is running short my friend, and I am getting very nervous: It is my own advent, in a sense, that I am experiencing: the wait, and the anxiety, and the trepidation in front of responsibility for others…
Does anyone have memories of seminarians or new priests who you encouraged? Can you offer any insights for gifts, words of encouragement, or help I can give him? Other than prayer, I’d love to know ways to aid him in his journey, especially in the days of joy afterward. Are there any services or special things that can be used to edify him?
Please pray for him. His name is James.