Soon they set out, Michael and Sheila in the car and Albert followed them on the bike, Robert sitting behind him. Michael raced the car and Albert followed close behind.They climbed a steep hill and reached the Good Shepherd Seminary. So manyhands waved and faces brightened when they alighted. They came to the portico of the seminary and their old pals were all waiting there. Fr.Wilfred, a German priestwas standing in their midst and they went to him first. He had grown old but thevigor and charisma that was manifest ten years ago was still there. It was a pleasantand homely feeling to be with him.“You are the last to turn up. Come we will go to the chapel for a thanks givingservice. We will have a benediction”, father said.They all went to the chapel and stood in rows with their wives and children. It wasexactly as they stood ten years ago when they were all budding seminarians.Fr. Wilfred put on the vests for benediction and he placed the holy eucharist on thealtar and started chanting the hymns. Then he said, “This is the occasion for thanksgiving. Each one of you, say a small prayer for giving thanks to the Lord”.Robert started the prayer, saying, “Almighty God, we thank you for bringing ustogether after ten years from various walks of life, from different places anddifferent occupations. We thank you for helping us see the faces of our friends,their wives and children, though we were called for a different profession to beyour priests. We also thank you for those of us who became your messengers andservants as priests. Please bless this meeting where we have gathered to share andunite, to be one in your immense love, to grow in brotherhood and Christianfellowship to do your work in what capacities you have called us. We wanted to be priests, but you did not choose us; now most of us are family men, what lightand insight we received from this our alma mater, let us spread it through our lives.We ask this in the name of your son who lives, and reigns for ever. Amen”.Every one said small prayers and Fr.Wilfred blessed them all. Then they sang thehymn, ‘Oh, give thanks to the Lord for he is good’. They went to the refectory andhad some snacks, went to the Auditorium and sat in a circle and started talkingabout their lives. Suddenly Robert fell into a pensive mood when of all the pathsthat he had trodden, the different encounters he had with fate came to his mind asin a movie.