A Priest Life

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

Tag: anointing of the sick

Smart hen who fed the others

See that hen right there? She’s really smart. She flies up to the bird feeder and knocks it so that the seeds spill out for the other ducks. I was sitting on a back patio with a parishioner I had gone to visit. The house overlooks a small lake, and we were watching the mallards […]

Thank you, Maw Maw

You’re my priest! The greeting was always the same. I’ve received my faith through my family.┬áToday, I was able to give it back: Through this holy anointing, may the Lord help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Amen. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up. Amen. […]

Really live

“Hospice called. A priest is needed at the Veteran’s home.” It’s one of the most moving moments in a priest’s life. Preparing people for death is what we do. I knocked on his door. There was no answer. I knew his condition from our many encounters over the last few weeks, so I went in […]

Something old, something new. Forever a priest.

“Where are we going?” It was the usual lunch routine: the pastor and I decide to go for lunch, he starts driving, and he asks that question. Today, we were on highway 26, and the end of town was quickly approaching. He threw out an unexpected proposal: “How about Waffle House? I want a pecan […]

The Apostolic Pardon

The score is 42 to 10. LSU has beaten the Georgia Bulldogs to capture the 2011 SEC Championship and has earned a spot to play in the BCS National Championship Game. The backyard listens patiently to the ruckus of our excitement. The phone rings: “Father, death is imminent. Come to the ICU as soon as […]