Posted on: January 23, 2010 11:07 am
I have spent the past two hours reading articles about Grant Desme and the comments, posts and replies to those articles. I would guess that it's running about 60% positive to 40% negative as to the reactions concerning his decision to retire from baseball at the age of 23 to enter the priesthood. Just want to add my 3 cents .....
I applaud this courageous young man for following a calling and giving up what MOST PEOPLE would consider 'a lot'. Trust me, he is not giving up a thing. If you believe, as I do, that EVERYTHING on this earth is a gift from God, then it (and 'WE') ALL belongs to Him. Our blessings, talents and abilities all BELONG to God .... they are merely 'ON LOAN' to us while we live on this earth. So Grant Desme is not 'giving anything up', he is simply moving into a life where he will use 'different' blessings, talents and abilities than he has previously been using.
I am not Catholic, but I am a born again Christian. My wife is Catholic, the entire fraternal side of my family is Catholic and very many of my best friends are Catholic. I respect the Catholic faith and feel good about the fact that in this era when fewer and fewer men and women in that faith are heeding (or even hearing) God's call to service, here is a young man who is doing the right thing.
As for those who are commenting in the negative .......
Those of you who posted something along the lines that 'God does not exist' .... it's ok that you don't believe in God, HE believes in and loves you. Here's hoping that your heart opens to Him at some point.
For those posting ideas about 'sex', giving that up, etc. As a fully functioning husband and father of 3 (with 3 stepchildren as well), I can tell you that as much of a blessing as that 'union' can be, it should not be the most important thing in a person's world. And if those of the Catholic faith believe that priests should not marry, and thus, must give up sex, again I harken back to what I wrote previously, this is a gift that belongs to God as well, so truly, what are they giving up?
For those who are focusing on 'THE MONEY' ...... money is the root of all evil. God provides what we 'TRULY NEED'. Money is nice, most of us would like to have more of it, as would I. While I do not want to sound like I'm trying to make this post about myself, I have only myself to use as an example. I work at a job that requires some overtime and requires me to be on call one week out of every three. Yes, it's nice to see that money in my paycheck, but I will NEVER get to replace the 'time' that I lose. Time to spend with my wife, time to spend with our 6 children, time to WATCH SPORTS ;) .........
If Grant Desme was just some nice kid who couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time, all of this would be a moot point. He would simply enter the seminary and go about the business of doing God's work here on earth. As it is, because he has a talent that allows him to crush baseballs, steal bases and play a decent defense, thousands of people are now debating the pros and cons of his decision. Sounds to this humble man like God had this as a plan all along. Anything that gets people to talk about God and consider His way, whether they are in agreement or not, whether they are sharing love or spewing hate, is a good thing. God bless you Grant Desme, I will be praying for you. And .... thank You Lord, for using this moment to allow people to dialogue about You and Your way. I pray that some souls will find their way to You through this moment.