Fr. Christopher T. Nguyen, SJ
Fr. Christopher T. Nguyen, SJ

What has been the greatest grace of your Jesuit vocation?
The other day a student asked me, “Why do you want to become a Jesuit?” I think this question is deeper and bigger than “Why do you want to become a priest?“ When I think of being a priest, I think of a parish priest and his sacramental duties. But when I think of being a Jesuit, I can think of the incalculable possibilities of how I can bring God’s presence into this world to the people around me. The greatest grace in my Jesuit vocation is to be able to stay in the present and to see the divine manifestation through each living moment. This ability allows me the freedom and the peace to be who I am to others, as well as the patience and compassion to accept whoever comes to me. Each day my trust and belief in God is confirmed when I have to face a classroom full of teenagers who are confused and scared of their future, yet are full of hope and dreams. It is through them that I see God’s face and through them that I live each day full of trust, peace and love.

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