Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Joe Hoover is working toward becoming an ordained priest. He is the campus minister at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in southwest South Dakota, where both Catholic Masses and sweat-lodge ceremonies are offered. His writing has been published in the Cresset, AGNI online, and Best Catholic Writing 2006 (Loyola Press).
What they all have in common is a weakness: an inability to say no to a deeply imprinted call — a call to poverty, chastity, and obedience, strange virtues that had to be flushed out from their hiding places, shown to us, and somehow made desirable. We’re men who, for the most part, had good jobs and degrees but were brought low by something many of us hadn’t really asked for, and to which we all eventually yielded. In the end concession and surrender may be our greatest accomplishments.