Fr. Manh D. Tran, SJ
Fr. Manh D. Tran, SJ

What has been the greatest grace of your Jesuit vocation?
The greatest grace of being a Jesuit is to encounter many faces of God. When I visited the sick in the hospital, I saw the face of God in a young woman who struggled with cancer and wondered “Why?” When I visited abused women and children, I saw the face of God in children, who brought joy and laughter in the midst of their family suffering. When I tutored young men on the south side of Chicago, I saw the face of God in these young men who feared being shot. When I visited prisoners at San Quentin, I saw their sorrow and repentance. When I lived in the Philippines, I saw the face of God in scavengers who collected food and recycled items from the garbage. When I work in the Campus Ministry office at Santa Clara University, I see the hopes and dreams of God in college students. Among all the faces of God, the one I see clearly the most is the God of healing and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation. Being a priest, I not only feel the sorrow of penitents but also the mercy of God.

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