An Atheist Called to Become a Priest, “God won my heart in just 30 seconds

An Atheist Called to Become a Priest, “God won my heart in just 30 seconds

KIELCE, Gtpministries.org – 30 seconds was all God needed to show Father Christopher (Krzysztof) Kralka his true calling, the priesthood. Previously, this young Polish man born in Kielce, southeastern Poland had completely turned his back on the Church. For years, he had never even entered any religious building. For him at that time, the Church was a backward institution that had nothing to do with the modern worldview. However, everything changed when Pope John Paul II (JP II) arrived in Poland, August 2002.

That day, the first papal visit, Christopher was upset. He wondered how he could survive this event, which was reported by all the country’s media. Of course, unlike most of his compatriots, he had no intention of watching television broadcasts.

“I didn’t feel the urge to turn on the television, but that day I felt tremendous inner pressure, pressure to listen to the Pope’s words,” Father Christopher recalled.

He remembered that the theme of the JP II pilgrimage this time was a phrase from the Bible: “God is rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4). The Holy Father explained that Jesus died for everyone. This is where Christopher was touched.

“I was so moved by the old man’s words that I couldn’t get up from my chair,” Father Christopher told Aleteia .

After hearing John Paul II’s words, Christopher felt as if he was in some kind of ecstasy. When his parents asked him to help them garden, he refused, saying he couldn’t leave the TV screen because he was watching the Pope.

“They thought it was an excuse for me not to help them. But, I felt incredible joy, freedom, and peace in that moment. Now I know it was the Holy Spirit,” he recalled.

An inner voice whispered to him that he would receive a special gift.

“When I told God that I chose him, I immediately heard the answer in my heart: ‘Become a priest,’” he said.

Father Christopher admits that once this moment passed, he questioned his reality.

“After I stopped listening to the Pope, I had doubts. At that point, I said ‘no!’ I couldn’t imagine myself as a pastor. I am a perfect example of an anticlerical person.

in his story to the editor of Aleteia , Christopher saw the priest as looking like a humanly inferior person. He thought carrying out the call was the worst choice. But in reality, it doesn’t take long for it to sink in, maybe around 30 minutes.

“I realized with joy and relief the path that God had prepared for me, and that it was this path that would allow me to be happy,” he continued.

That’s why, after about 30 seconds, Christopher finally said “yes” to God.

Evangelize young people

Previously, Pastor Christopher believed that God continued to watch over and guide. He is there, He is watching, inspiring in true passion. Currently, he feels that his calling is also to evangelize young people. In fact, he is currently carrying out his ministry at the new evangelical school founded by the Pallottines. Here he leads spiritual retreats for young people.

“I just returned from a retreat for young people preparing them for the sacrament of confirmation.”

Father Christopher explained. He concluded that it would be good for these young people to know that the Church has a treasure in the person of Jesus. It is the answer to the suffering and difficulties of young people. Pastor Christopher understood this by saying “yes” to Jesus. It only took 30 seconds for Jesus to win her heart. (AES)

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