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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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I was ordained a priest thirty-eight years ago.

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The problem with priesthood is that there are times when the awareness of Presence that is essential to fulfilling the role of priest, is simply mysteriously missing, leaving barely a whisper or a trace.

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The problem with priesthood, as with most of life, is the problem of awareness. In order to have any hope of fulfilling my primary function as a priest pointing to the hidden Presence of the Divine, I need to be ware of this Presence. But, of course like every person, I am at times deeply unaware.

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The problem with priesthood is that the goal is so distant and failure so near at hand.

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It didn’t really seem to fit anywhere else; it seldom fits anywhere comfortably. So I am just randomly tacking it on here after Parts 1 & 2. The awkward issue is $$$$.

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The service in which I was ordained a priest in Winnipeg, Manitoba 38 years ago serves as a fitting symbol of the shattering changes that were about to shake the church in which I and those with whom I was ordained would be called to minister.

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Thirty-eight years ago today I was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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My father died thirty-five years ago today. He was seventy-three, which to me at the time seemed a ripe old age, but today seems sadly young for death to arrive.

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Dear Ruth,

Tomorrow you will enter ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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