A monthly series in Vincentian Voices that asks five random questions to an Eastern Province Priest or Brother. This month, we talk with Fr. Eric Sanchez, CM.

What was your favorite course or subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was fundamental theology. I liked this course because it made theology simple and deep at the same time. Deep because I had to know the fundamentals and principles of theology. Simple because whatever I knew of theology, I had to be able to explain it to a 6 year old child. If I was able to do it, then I had it.

What movie have you seen the most times? Please explain.

Forrest Gump. I watched this movie when I was 8 or 9 years old, and I loved it. Since then, I have watched it more than 10 times. What I like the most about this movie, is Forrest Gump’s simplicity and humility. He lives a very simple life yet is able to accomplish many great things. With his simplicity and humility, Forrest helped and inspired many people who met him.

If you could ask Saint Vincent de Paul one question, what is the question and why?

I would ask Saint Vincent, “Why do you love Jesus so much?” This question is all important to me for in my ministry as a priest. I see it indispensable to be in loved with the Lord, to be an instrument of his love and peace to his people. When the priest is in his love with Jesus, then he is joyful, peaceful, and merciful to God’s people. Saint Vincent had all these qualities and many others. I know that he was the great Saint that he was because of his love and devotion to Jesus.

Besides connecting with family and friends, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to read a good books on theology, philosophy, and history. I also like to watch classic movies, hiking, visiting new places, and eating in a nice restaurant.

If you could have dinner with one non-religious historical figure (dead or alive), who would it be and why? What might you ask them?

I would like to have dinner with Sartre, or Nietzshe. I would ask them: “Do you really believe that God doesn’t exist?” Then I would try to see what is really behind their views to convince them that God loves them and that he would anything for them.