Little Italian Grandmothers

Oct 27, 2016 418

One of the most memorable homilies I've heard was given by a New York City priest when I was in the seminary. He introduced his homily with a droll comment about "little Italian grandmothers" and their big families. The details escape me. But his quip drew twitters of chuckles from the seminarians. The popular caricature of little Italian grandmothers can be comical.

The priest then spoke about the exalted dignity of the priesthood, the necessity to pray and prepare well as seminarians. We were eager to hear all about our vocation and eager to consider its noble dignity (perhaps looking forward to some of the perquisites of office including comfortable living accommodations, good food and private bathrooms—hey, don't laugh).

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