A Priest Life

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

Tag: eternal life

Big birthday

For ya’lls birthday, what if we go to the park? You can bring the boat you’ve been working on, and we can sit at a picnic table while the kids play. It was my sister’s idea for a birthday party for myself and her husband to celebrate our “big birthday.” At the park the weather […]

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 […]

Thank you, Maw Maw

You’re my priest! The greeting was always the same. I’ve received my faith through my family. Today, 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. […]

Wash it off

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord… Listening to the prayers of another priest in the funeral home, I was sitting in the chapel praying for a parishioner who had recently passed away. Then I was notified of the death of a cousin. Looking up, I focused on that peculiar sign on the priest’s forehead: […]

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 […]

Traffic jam into heaven

People around town were frustrated all day. There was a traffic accident early this morning on I-10, and the interstate was shut down all day long. Traffic backed up for miles. Since Jennings is located off the interstate and near highway 90, much of the traffic was rerouted through town. It made getting anywhere really […]

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 […]

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 […]