Right before entering seminary I had gone back to work in the Middle East for the company I was previously employed for 28 years. Prior to returning to work I had spent some time in a Benedictine monastery.
One thing that attracts me to the priesthood is the ability to serve others, following in the footsteps of Christ. It has never been promised that it would be easy, only rewarding.
A favorite Scripture passage of mine: “I will make of the lame a remnant, and of the weak a strong nation; the Lord shall be king over them on Mount Zion, from now on and forever.” – Micah 4:7