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Reflections on Priestly Formation: Listen Up!

The Catholic Altar Boy, 1922, Appleton, Wisconsin Bishop - Will you persevere in prayer, both in public and in private, asking God's grace, both for yourself and for others, offering all your labors to God, through the mediation of Jesus Christ, and in the sanctification of the Holy Spirit? Ordinand - I will. ~ Book of Common Prayer: Ordination of a Priest - The Examination (pg. 532) _________________________________________________________________________________        Are You Listening?      "Walk into that room with a spirit of curiosity. Listen openly, and God will show up in ways that you might not expect." This was a piece of advice that I received from a seasoned Roman Catholic priest/chaplain just before being sent off to a hospital room during my Clinical Pastoral Education this past summer. As I walked down the hallway, I could see the door of the room was shut and the window blinds were pulled so as to obscure any opportunity for me to