Father Nicholas Blackwell shares his reflection on silence, prayer, community, and the Virgin Mary, and the ways that they have informed his life as he observes the first anniversary of his priestly ordination. He writes:
The gift of the priesthood and my consecrated life are sources of great joy to me and I hope to others. During this year many extraordinary things have occurred to help me appreciate the simple moments with my Carmelite brothers and sisters, parishioners, and fellow clergy, but I have learned one important thing from my community: namely, that events in one’s life need to be celebrated. It is in this light that I feel called to offer a reflection about my first year as a priest.
Discover more of Father Nicholas’ reflections in his latest article for The Catholic Stand