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The Annunciation and My Birthday

So today is my birthday. I don’t often announce this just because I don’t like all of the applause and such unlike my aunt who will call me and remind me to wish her a happy birthday (a comedic quirk more than egoism). It is not often, indeed every rare, that my birthday will fall on the feast of the Annunciation being that the feast of the Annunciation is usually on March 25th and my birthday is on April 8th. However, this year because of when Holy Week fell it was moved forward to today. So in symbolic essence, Jesus will be a bit of a preemie this year.

I too showed up before my due date. My mom had started her contractions so her and my father went to the hospital. All was going well. It was about noonday and the doctor said that all was fine, so my father went to get some clothes and some lunch. Well during his leave they did an ultrasound that showed that every time my mom would have a contraction some would happen violent to me. Apparently, my umbilical cord was in between my arms in the crooks of my elbows. Every time she would contract I would close my arms like I was lifting a dumbbell and cut off my amniotic life support. They had to do an emergency C-section to get me out of there before I inadvertently did last damage to myself. If that hadn’t been caught, I might not be here. My birth was indeed a miracle.

The Lord even at that point had His plan set for me to enter the priesthood. The miracle allowed for me to hear 20 confessions last night after our 7:30 pm mass. That alone is worth my life. I praise the LORD for the gift of my life and the great gift that He has given me in the priesthood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.

Comments

  1. I also praise the LORD for the gift of your life and the great gift that He has given the world through you in the priesthood of His Son, Jesus Christ!

  2. Thank you Beth Anne

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