A Priest Life

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

Month: April, 2014

What Our Lord Saw from the Tomb

It must have been quite dark.The sun wasn’t over head yet, and the opening was still barred. Darkness: It probably doesn’t realize it yet, but the light has already conquered. Standing in the church two thousand years later, I had to fight a few tears next to the baptismal font. The paschal candle provided the light, […]

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

Fr. Jeff, you like to look around while you are on the altar. The little boy is right. Our sanctuary is surrounded by pews on three sides. Part of my routine is to look at the entire church gathered during the Introductory Rites. As I see different people, I formulate prayer intentions for each of […]

Serve, wash, and feed

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. –John 13:15 As the pastor knelt before the men to wash their feet, the expressions on each man changed. Removing their shoes and socks was humbling. We rarely show our feet to another. He knelt […]

Priestologist

Fr. Jeff! I know what I want to be when I grow up! The first graders in our religious education program were really excited I stopped by their classroom. They were learning about Jesus’ Resurrection at Easter. I pointed to him and asked him what it was he wants to be: Excitedly, he explained that […]

We don’t understand

We had just finished practicing for the Easter Vigil liturgy. I was standing outside in front of the church greeting a family as we prepared to celebrate a funeral for a young man who died at only 37. His brother expressed faith profoundly: I know we don’t understand, but I know it’s because we aren’t […]

Transition from the Cross to the Resurrection

The joy of watching students express their faith is unlike any other. I imagine it’s like the joy of a parent watching their children accomplish something beautiful. After celebrating Mass at St. Louis Catholic High School, the transitions students led the entire student body in the Way of the Cross. Narrators lead the prayer and […]

New Life Counseling

The chairs circling the room barely provided us enough room. Circling the altar, we prayed that our ministry would help those who walked through our door. Before blessing the building, we heard those words of the Gospel: Whoever keeps my word will never see death. –John 8:51 Helping those in crisis pregnancy situations is a […]

Erasing the white board

I walked out of the sacristy vested with an alb and purple stole. When I looked at the back of the church, I expected there to be a few people who came for our Lenten penance night. Over 10 pews worth was more than few! Grace was given penitent after penitent: I absolve you of […]

Eucharist

I spent part of my evening enjoying our students’ Fine Arts Night. They showcased their works while the performing arts provided great entertainment. The students’ talents are incredible. There was one piece, though, that nearly took my breath away. It was a charcoal image of Mary standing at the foot of the Cross nearly embracing Your feet. […]

How was your day?

She walked into the sacristy about fifteen minutes before Mass started. Her husband was standing in the corner and she walked over to him and greeted him with a quick hug and a kiss. Hello dear, how was your day? They hadn’t seen each other since the morning and talked briefly about their day. After […]