Taking the Less Traveled Path
Folks who remember Ryan Bilodeau from his days as a prominent College Republican at the University of Rhode Island might not know that he’s entered Our Lady of Providence Seminary. He tells his inspiring story in the current Rhode Island Cathotlic:
My journey to OLP, like that of my brother seminarians, is a unique one. My high school years were spent on the straight and narrow path, attending Mount Saint Charles Academy and dedicating my extracurricular time to the Catholic Youth Organization Center. This path began to diverge, however, with the advent of my involvement in politics while an undergrad student at The University of Rhode Island. With one foot in the classroom and the other working for campaigns, consulting firms and interest groups, the path on which I traveled brought me throughout Rhode Island and around the country, all the while away from God.
Thankfully God’s fervent grace threw a fork in the road. It was at fancy cocktail parties at Bellevue Avenue mansions or conventions in Washington, D.C. hotels that I heard in the silence of my heart Christ asking me the same question He once asked two disciples: “What are you looking for?” Through prayer and with the help of the priests at OLP, I was able to answer that question in the form of an application to enter the seminary.
I’ve asked myself that question — What are you looking for? — at political events, and the answer most often turns out to be human interaction and the opportunity to represent God well in the world. I congratulate Ryan on heeding the call before he’d invested his soul in a business that allows only a very narrow path to righteousness.