Priest ordinations: Livestream recording on June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary, St. Cloud (View on the Diocese of Saint Cloud, YouTube channel)
Come, Follow Me
Fr. Thomas Skaja
I first heard the call to the priesthood when I was about 8 years old. The call wasn’t some kind of booming voice from heaven, but rather, it was more of a small whisper that said, “Come, follow Me.” The call remained with me through middle school and into high school, and I eventually responded to it by entering the seminary. After eight years of formation, by the grace of God, I will become a priest of Jesus Christ in a few short weeks, and I’m full of joy.
We live in a noisy world, full of voices. How do we come to know the voice of God? The answer is simple. Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My own, and My own know Me” (John 10:14). We come to know the voice of God by spending time with the Good Shepherd. He speaks to us in many ways, but especially in the silence of prayer, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Be honest with the Lord, and speak from the heart in your own words, with something like, “Lord, I want to encounter You… I desire to hear Your loving voice.”
When we speak of prayer, many of us tend to think of it as our search for God. That’s partially true, but we need to come to understand that prayer is first and foremost God’s search for us. In discerning a vocation, it is crucial to understand that God thirsts for you… He loves you immensely and He knows you perfectly. He waits for you to turn to Him in prayer… “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).