A Priest Life

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

Month: September, 2012

Bear fruit in eternal life

Today is day one of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors. In the opening remarks, Msgr. Panke reminded the priests present that the work of vocations affects the Iives of thousands. In each Mass, in each baptism, in each anointing, in each moment of priestly ministry, the work of the vocations personnel plays a […]

We love to hunt

“Guys, what are we doing out here?” The rain was coming down hard. The waterproof camouflage jackets weren’t doing their job–we were soaked to the bone. The mosquitos were determined to bleed us to death, and the sun wasn’t even out yet. “Man, we sure do love ducks!” One of the guys was reminding us […]

Triumph of the Cross

I opened the Ordo in the sacristy this morning and smiled to see that today is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross. And then he came to mind. “One year already!” I said. A little over a year ago, I was walking past the dining room table in the rectory when a yellow […]

A graced meal

“Thank you for doing that.” I had just crunched down on a crouton. My eyes darted to Fr. Mac across the table as I started to say, “Doing wha…?” My voice trailed when I saw he wasn’t speaking to me. Instead, he was looking directly over my shoulder. He said it again: “Thanks for doing that.” This […]

Faith: Confirmed

The room felt unusually alive. Most of the time, the men are nearly asleep in their wheelchairs. They participate the best they can, but their infirmities are a struggle. Today was different. Looking out from the altar, I was pleased to see some family members present and dressed for the occasion. They wore their Sunday-best […]