"So, what makes me happy to be a religious today?"
In the summer just prior to my entrance in 1995, Fr. Nick Rashford, the then president of my alma mater, St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, invited my family over for dinner. After dinner Nick asked, "So are you getting nervous about entering the Jesuits?" My reply after thinking a moment was, "To be honest, yes, because I am leaving my family and friends and I'm not sure what that all means." Nick responded to me with words that have stuck in my heart and my mind ever since. He said the following, "Chuck, as a Jesuit, you will be involved in your friends and family's lives--and many others of whom you know not of yet, in their happiest and in their saddest moments. You will be the person they call when they meet someone they love; you will be the one that they call when they bring life into the world, when they have a loved one take ill, or when a loved one dies." He then paused and said, "Always remember this: be humble, love them and help them to see God in the moment."
My friends, on the feast of this great Jesuit, Bl. Miguel Pro, I stand in joy and never could have imaged how right Fr. Rashford was. The moments of ministry and care that this life has presented me have truly made my heart and soul happy. I can honestly say, God is good and at work to keep me focused toward Him in the encounters of my life.
Thank you for your time, your reflections and your generosity in continuing to promote vocations to the Society of Jesus.
God Bless and Many Thanks.
Chuck Frederico, S.J.
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