A Priest Life

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

Month: March, 2012

Birthdays will never be the same

I was sitting at my desk absorbed in my tasks when my phone alerted me to a text message. Being that today is my birthday, my phone was quite busy. I checked it: Happy birthday to thee Happy birthday to thee A priest of Jesus Christ Forever you will be. –Fr. Mac Twenty-six of them […]

Waiting for the parousia

“We’ll have someone out between 10am and 12pm.” It was the cable company’s usual drill. I wanted to be sure I would be around because I had to work with the technician on the parish’s service order. However, I had to be in the church for 11:30am. The waiting began. 10:00am – Way too optimistic […]

The joy of Christ within

“Today is a big deal! If we believe that life begins at conception, then today is the day Jesus became flesh!” Talking to him after Mass, his joy was contagious. He had a big smile on his face, and it was obvious that he understood the great joy of the Annunciation. Everyone was smiling outside the […]

Being present

“Fr. Jeff! You are the one sitting right across from me!” I was in the gazebo of the prayer garden with our high school youth, and we were sharing favorite passages from the YouCat. She had just shared this gem: The most important hour is always the present; the most significant person is precisely the one who […]

Little purple flowers

“Let’s go for a walk! I’ll show you Toledo Bend!” she jovially exclaimed. After we ate a quick breakfast, my 6-year-old niece wanted to take a walk down to the lake. On our way down the hill towards the water’s edge, I lost sight of her behind me. Out of the corner of my eye, […]

Flat tire

I could see the flashing blue lights in the distance. I pulled up to the intersection. Red light. When I came to a stop, I saw the police car. He was facing my direction from across the intersection, parked about 50 yards away in the turning lane. I looked around, but there didn’t seem to be […]

Pray longer

“Fr. Jeff, why are you walking so slow?” Entering the school to teach confirmation, a teacher met me at the gate. I was sauntering. My mind had been on my students. It had been a long day for me: leading a morning of reflection in Lake Arthur, compiling lecture notes for my course on anthropology, […]

Share the light

Kneeling in silence, we were focused on You. There was a slight breeze. All was silent. There, on the altar, You were exposed. Shrouded in mystery, You spoke to our hearts. You spoke to the three-thousand restless hearts gathered for Abbey Youth Festival. Each of us had been given a candle: You are the light of the […]

Traffic jam into heaven

People around town were frustrated all day. There was a traffic accident early this morning on I-10, and the interstate was shut down all day long. Traffic backed up for miles. Since Jennings is located off the interstate and near highway 90, much of the traffic was rerouted through town. It made getting anywhere really […]

Keep the world out

While sitting in the confessional before Mass began, I was reading The World’s First Love. The grating in a Carmelite monastery is not to keep the sisters in, but to keep the world out. -Fulton Sheen Thank You for a small Lenten reminder. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help to keep the world out.