A Priest Life

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

Tag: death

Unlimited grace

I was in Camelot Brookside visiting their newest resident. She is a woman whose life has had a major impact on our church parish, and she recently suffered a mild stroke. In her new home, we’re hoping she gains the strength to return to her normal routine. As I was rounding the corner to her […]

Year One

Today, I celebrate my first anniversary as a priest. Reflecting on my inaugural year to the presbyterate, I find my priestly-life summed up in two events: When I arrived in this parish, one of the ushers went out of his way to make me feel welcome. He invited me to breakfast and dinner practically every […]

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 […]

See everything

“We see everything,” he said somberly. He had just finished telling us the story of the saddest funeral he ever celebrated. We were gathered in the bishop’s living room before our monthly meal with him. Each time we visit, he takes the opportunity to share with us at least one story from his priestly life. […]

Eternal Orientation

I spent much of the day writing. With Christmas only a few days away, I have passed quite a bit of time at my desk. Either with my keyboard or a pen, I’ve found my task lately to be of the written word. Thank-you notes, homilies, and articles–they are all worthy demands of time. At […]


“What’s that sound?” I open my eyes to a dark room. Oh yes, I forgot I changed the text alert on my phone so that it would wake me. 1 new message: “He is gone.” – 6:17am. Slide to unlock. “I’m on my way.” Send. For several hours last night, we sat with him. Prayer […]

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 […]