Today I was asked if, on June 3, 2015, will 76 years as a diocesan priest qualify me in any way for the Guinness World Book of Records?
Although permission was properly obtained by EWTN to record and televise the attached, I was told that due to time constraints in the 1/2 hour TV documentary they are premiering on my 76th Ordination Anniversary, the producers were only able to include the beginning of this homily, so it is posted here:
At this time, I am reminding myself of the introduction to “A Spiritual Autobiography” by Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon SJ (1914-2000). He wrote: “If there is one autobiography that has deeply shaped my life, it has been the story of St. Augustine. He credits himself only with the commission of his sins. He credits God with whatever good he has done.”
In agreement with that statement, I give all glory and honour and credit to God and thank him for 76 years of priestly ordination coming up on June 3, 2015.
Fr. Hardon helped found the:
Marian Catechist Apostolate (an excellent catechetical program for any diocese to use) http://www.mariancatechist.com
Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association http://www.therealpresence.org
Eternal Life http://www.lifeeternal.org
He often warned: “Unless we recover the zeal and the spirit of the first century Christians – unless we are willing to do what they did and to pay the price they paid, the future of our country, the days of America are numbered.”