Stanley Rother: An ordinary martyr

The life of Blessed Father Stanley Rother, American priest and martyr, is an inspiration to me. I was able to witness his Mass of Beatification on the Internet, September 23, and to read several accounts including the story in the National Catholic Reporter

Stan Rother struggled in the seminary but continued to hear the call to priesthood. My own seminary years, an extraordinary mixture of joy and uncertainty, did not lead to the ordained priesthood.

Coincidentally, the friendship of an American seminary classmate in Guatemala and a recent trip with Habitat for Humanity led me to Santiago Átitlan and the parish church where Father Rother was martyred. Father Rother was ordained a priest in Oklahoma but I believe he became a priest when he lived with and for his people in Guatemala.

His life story is told in this Youtube video.