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Meditation 30 (OOCC XIII, pp. 161-166)

The Infinite Love and Mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Choice of the Twelve Apostles”.

When I first read this meditation, my immediate reaction was, “Oh no, oh Lord, why this topic, why me?” Although a priest, I find it a challenge to write honestly on the topic of Saint Vincent’s meditation on ministerial priesthood in a way that will have some chance of being life-giving for the wide variety of people who will read this reflection. But then the image came to mind of the grain of sand or some other small object which acts as an irritant or stimulus to the oyster, leading to the formation of a pearl. It can be that when we find things uncomfortable, when we are forced to struggle in order to reflect more deeply and more personally on an area which we find challenging, something precious may come of it. That at least is my hope!

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