Has this ever happened to you: you're busy with some responsibility for school or work, or you are trying to pray, when something suddenly catches your attention. You look out the window to see how the weather is. Or you sign on to Facebook to see if you've gotten any new comments. Or you decide you need a little music and spend ten to fifteen minutes on which CD you want? None of these things are sinful in themselves, but taken all together, they get in the way of what you're supposed to be doing. That is the noonday devil trying to trip you up, so be vigilant.
Five of our seminarian brothers are on their pastoral year this year: Michael Ritter, Eric Flores, Jhay Galeon, Brian Soliven, and Guillermo Ramirez. During the pastoral year the seminarian lives and works in a parish somewhere in the diocese. I would tell you more about the details but it depends on whatever sort of work the pastor would like you to and on the seminarian's initiative. It would be nice if one of our five brothers were to write a blog entry about it, wink wink, nudge nudge, hint hint :)
Tonight the seminarians of St. Patrick's will be attending the second annual gala at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in San Francisco. This year it is being held in honor of the Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, William Justice. As an aside, I think that's one of the coolest names ever - Bill Justice! The gala will include a reception, formal dinner, silent and live auctions, and it's a chance for us to meet all of the friends and benefactors of St. Patrick's. So pray for them and for us!