A Priest Life

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

Month: August, 2012

Teach me to pray

“Fr. Jeff! I want to show you this!” Every time I go to their house, he always has something to show me. This evening was no different. “I do Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day!” He handed me a worn volume of Christian Prayer. “It got wet, so the pages stick together. But I’m still […]

I don’t want to leave

At 6pm, we celebrated a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption. In an effort to help our families, we held the parent meeting for our parish religious education program immediately following Mass. All of the children went across the street for activities in the parish hall while the parents learned about the direction […]

Hungry for You

I couldn’t do anything but sit at my desk in silence. I reached for some papers that needed attention, but I set them down again. I turned to my computer and saw my inbox alerting me to five waiting messages, but they could wait. I picked up the lessons plans that needed to be completed, […]

The best therapy

He was hunched over in the chair. His chin rested on his sternum; his arms draped across his lap. “He doesn’t respond much,” his physical therapist said. I was at the Veteran’s home bringing communion to the those who couldn’t attend Mass. “Would you like to receive the Body of Christ?” I asked standing in […]

Transfiguration of Sin

As I walked out the gate, I found myself uttering a simple prayer: Send me Your people in Confession so that You can transfigure their sins. I was headed to the church for Mass and I had been reflecting on the beauty of the Transfiguration. I stopped in the last pew for a while before I headed […]

In my front seat

I was driving back to Jennings listening to Psalm 27: O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: “Seek his face.” It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face. My thoughts turned to the perennial question, “Where are you, Lord?” […]