A Priest Life

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing." -St. Paul

Month: January, 2012

Mine included.

Seven years ago, I knew nothing of the Salesians. I wasn’t familiar with St. John Bosco. When I arrived at St. Ben’s, I was looking forward to my classes. In particular, I had heard rave reviews of one professor in particular. He’s a Salesian. Ancient philosophy was the first class he taught me. During those […]

Love: A Priest Life

Simple reminders of deep mysteries are always welcome. The priest’s life is pretty incredible. We live the supernatural, and the temptation is to allow such a life to become mundane. But the reminder in Morning Prayer was clear today: Lord our God, help us to love you with all our hearts and to love all […]

The Cowboy’s Halo

For days, it was all he could think of or talk about. His mom told me that when he woke up, the first words out of his mouth were, “Mom, can I get it today?!” It consumed his every thought. It all started when he set his eyes on it for the first time. There […]

My vocation is to love!

After the bell rang, they began to pour into the classroom. “Hey Fr. Jeff!” they all seemed to say. They were excited. For a few days, the 7th and 8th grade classes had been collecting questions about vocations. I was there to answer them. “How old were you when you first wanted to be a […]

Introduction to the Exercise Life

Running. I admit it’s my least favorite activity. When I was in middle school, I dreaded the one day we had to run a mile in P.E. Since returning from Rome, I have found that my daily amount of physical exertion has dropped–drastically. I once walked 3 miles a day going to and from school. Now […]

Hate Sin

When I was a child, I was taught to love the goodness of creation. But my parents also taught me something else–they taught me to hate sin. Under no circumstance and under no condition should sin ever be admired or bargained with. It must be loathed, abhorred, and completely despised. At its core, it’s a […]

We loved our right to life

“I challenged them to be convicted in their faith,” the pastor told me over supper. “If you believe what the Church teaches, then change your schedules; come, express and grow in the faith that you profess.” He was explaining to me what he preached about at the Masses this weekend in the parish. That explains […]

Jonah and the Will

I had been distracted all day. I got home late last night from the retreat and was up early to pray and head off to the Magnificat prayer breakfast. When I finally got home later this afternoon from my other priestly errands, I knew I didn’t have much time. I was filling in for the […]

Pets Included

I have become all things to all, to save at least some. –1 Corinthians 9:19 In seminary, I remember hearing several reflections and talks about priests following this example of St. Paul. We have the opportunity to be with people at all moments of their lives: from birth to death and everywhere in between. Tonight, […]

Loved into Existence

I’ve spent the last two days on retreat with the senior boys from our local Catholic high school.  For two days, I led them on a retreat to help them grow as men, as a class, and as faithful witnesses to the mystery of God’s love. Starting with the fact of their existence, I led […]