November 30, 2012

Archbishop Tobin shares his thoughts on his nearly 35 years of serving the Church since he was ordained a priest

In Conversation with Archbishop Tobin logo“The experience is one of gratitude for everything. It’s like that phrase at the end of The Diary of a Country Priest where the dying priest says, ‘But all is grace.’ So even what I think are the disasters, the great failures of my life, they were moments of grace because the Psalms say God is close to the broken-hearted.

“The trust that people have shown me because I am a priest, before they knew anything about me, the opportunity to be invited into people’s lives, and the great questions they face and the great suffering they face, all of that is something that I know is not my accomplishment. There have been times when I’ve been kneeling down at night, and I say, ‘Thank you, Lord, because I didn’t know what to do there. I believe you helped me.’ ” †

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