Sunday, January 24, 2010

Top draft pick....for the Vatican

Many Priests who I know are often asked about things they have given up to pursue their vocation. The answer I have always heard is that they are gaining much more than they were "giving up". Here is a good illustration of that belief from a story by ESPN.

As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might've gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring.

Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling.

Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the priesthood, walking away after a breakout season in which he became MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

A lifelong Catholic, Desme thought about becoming a priest for about a year and a half. He kept his path quiet within the sports world, and his plan to enter a seminary this summer startled the A's when he told them Thursday night.

May God continue to bless this young man as he pursues his vocation.

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