Christ the Good Shepherd & Divine Physician
Dear family and friends in Christ,
Adventure awaits those who devote themselves to God. Since the moment I offered all the plans of my life to the Lord in early 1999, I have not known what may happen next.
After eight years of seminary--one half in Minnesota, the other half in Rome--I laid on the floor of the Cathedral of St. Mary, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and promised the Lord I would follow wherever He would lead and suffer whatever difficulties He might ask of me if it but brought another soul home to God.
It is said that the ritual of ordaining a priest--a moment when God’s Holy Spirit is called down upon him, to anoint him as one who will stand in the person of Christ for the sake of others--is a moment where his soul is conformed, that is altered to Jesus the Priest. Forever a priest in the line of Melchizedek.
Three years of priesthood I spent in service of the people of God at that same Cathedral, as well as the Church of St. Augustine, and Christ Church Newman Center. Under the tutelage of Fr. Tony Oelrich, I grew in understanding of how Christ shepherds His flock, how He is divine physician for those with wounded hearts, minds, and bodies. It is this element of priesthood which emboldens my heart: to experience God’s grace reforming the lives of those who seek His will.
In the Fall of 2010, through the request of my bishop, God led me to The Catholic University of America, to study canon law (church law). As with any institution, there is always a great need for those who can present the law in a way that benefits and heals those whom it effects. Christ brings all things into order in Himself. When one’s life is well ordered, he or she is more free to live than when things were in disarray. It is the hope of the Church that all people might have life, and have it to the full. Christ heals wounds and shepherds His people along paths leading to health of soul and holiness of life. It is for this mission that church lawyers are trained, to be Christ the Good Shepherd and Divine Physician.
Pray that I may be more fully conformed to Christ in this way, as one set aside for mission to those with suffering hearts.
-Fr. Aaron Kuhn
Some Favorite Quotes
"He who desires holiness must first enter the thicket of the Cross."
+ St. John of the Cross
"Politics are never anything but a product of a person's religious life."
+ St. Catherine of Sienna
Holiness demands heroism,
heroism of an unusually
severe and difficult kind.
- Medieval Adage
All the science of the saints is included in these two things: to do and to suffer. And, whoever had done these two things best has made himself most saintly.
+ St. Francis de Sales
|Fr. Aaron Kuhn||