A Priest Life

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

Tag: children

Tastes like heaven

I visited the 2nd grade religious-ed classroom today to answer their questions about heaven. “Who are the saints?” People in heaven! Great! Can you name any saints? Mary! Joseph! Michael Jackson! The teacher and I chuckled. “Hmm…I think we need to work on that!” Another hand shot up: Is there food in heaven? “What do you […]

Make a difference through service

My pace on the way out was much slower. I had rushed down the long hallway coming into the hospital but now I was taking my time. I focused on each step. I looked at each poster on the wall. I stopped to read one of them: Making a difference through service. My mind replayed […]

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 […]


Having just returned from the recent youth event, I was tired. As I began evening Mass, I relied on the liturgy and Your grace to celebrate the sacred mysteries. At the consecration, my mind was turned to those most precious words: This is my body, given up for You. During Communion, I felt the close link: “The […]

To heaven!

“Where would you like to go on your next trip?” I was talking to my niece about a recent vacation. “Hmm.” She thought for a few seconds. “Oh I know!” She looked up and shouted with a smile, To heaven!

Show us Jesus

I spent some time in the 8th grade religion class speaking about the great beauty of icons. They marveled at the beauty of the icons I brought and shared some beautiful insights of their own. On my way out, I passed through the cafeteria. Pre-K was eating. “Fr. Jeff!! What’s in the bag??” they shrieked […]

Thanking You

As a beginning preacher, one of the great joys is knowing that the message is heard. All week long, I was speaking with You about the homily for this weekend. In our conversations, I knew that I was to preach on Sunday Mass attendance but I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen. Sometime Saturday […]

Slide to the answer

“This won’t take too long.” Dad and I opened the box and got to work. It was 10am. I have great memories of playing on swing sets as a kid. We had one in the back yard, and so did my grandparents. Dad and I were happy to start building memories for the young ones. […]

Want it for you. Want it for others. Make it happen.

“You can’t have your dessert until Claire finishes her supper.” Ella gave her mom a quick look. Her face said everything. She found the nearest barstool, dragged it next to Claire’s high chair, hoisted herself up, and stared directly at Claire. She watched her eat, one bite at a time. At one point, she even picked […]