Gonna Be a Priest?
My firstborn, Jamie (who turns 6 on St. George's Day later this month), says he wants to be a priest when he grows up. His kindergarten teacher informed me last night that 2 other teachers at Jamie's school told her they thought Jamie would grow up to be a priest.
That would be great, and I'll continue to encourage him to consider and pray about that. Of course, we know the most important question is "What does God want you to be?"
When he was much younger, Jamie had indicated a desire to be a priest and used to play-act at being a priest: holding up small rocks and saying "This is my body ...". Then, when he got a little older, he said he wanted to get married and have 10 children. That would be great, too.
Most importantly, his renewed interest in being a priest has to do with the Eucharist. He is fascinated with the bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood of Our Lord. Unfortunately, I think Jamie may be under the impression that priests are "magic" and have "special powers" to confect the Eucharist.
My explaining to a 6-year-old that the priest isn't "magic" and doesn't have any special "powers", but rather prays for the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood, is sorta falling on deaf ears at the moment. Jamie likes magic.