Sometimes I dream about getting an advanced degree in theology. Â Wouldn’t it be fabulous to spend so much time studying and discussing and dissecting my faith?
Of course, as a mom who has two small kids and also works outside the home, I’m about as likely to go back to school as I am to win the Miss Universe pageant. Â So that little fantasy will have to be put on ice for a while.
Then last month, I attended a dinner honoring three priests in our diocese for the great work they’ve done in ministry. Â One of them — a priest who looked to be in his seventies Â — talked about his years in the seminary, and the four years of theology classes that he was required to take.
â€œWhen we were seminarians,” he said, Â â€œthey used to say that if you finish those four years of theology class and you have evenÂ half Â the faith thatÂ your mother has, you’re doing okay.”
I love it.
Â William Dyce, The Virgin and Child
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