Q. What more do you think priests could do to promote vocations?
R. When I first told a priest I was thinking of the priesthood I was sixteen or seventeen years old. For me it had been a hard decision: I was giving up my life, handing over my future. As priests we should think about how we would react today if a young man presented himself in similar circumstances. He may or may not have a vocation. But he should be received warmly and with encouragement. At some point, like Peter, he may be overwhelmed by the sense of his own unworthiness. Like Peter, he needs to hear the words, ‘Do not be afraid’. Sometimes as priests we do not recognise how important our response will be. It may be too soon to pop champagne corks, but we should be very, very careful not to put someone off by our indifference or lack of enthusiasm.