A Priest Life

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

Tag: Eucharist

Yeah, you right!

My truck was parked in a friend’s gravel driveway. He told me about the staggering number of catfish they had caught over the last few weeks. “They want me to go with them tomorrow morning, but I can’t. I told them I have my holy hour in the morning,” he said proudly. I listened attentively as […]

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 […]

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. […]

So worth it

We were sitting in her living room. Having received absolution and Your Body, we were talking about her bad back. When my suffering gets too bad, I think of His suffering. It reminds me that what I go through is nothing compared to what He did. But the resurrection reminds me that the goodness of heaven will […]

Spiritual bumpers

I had to swerve around it as I pulled into the parking lot. It’s what they were talking about when I sat down in the barber’s chair. “Did you see the bumpers outside? Nasty wreck in front of the shop yesterday.” It made me think about driving a car around with no bumper. There isn’t […]

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 […]

Hungry for You

I couldn’t do anything but sit at my desk in silence. I reached for some papers that needed attention, but I set them down again. I turned to my computer and saw my inbox alerting me to five waiting messages, but they could wait. I picked up the lessons plans that needed to be completed, […]

The best therapy

He was hunched over in the chair. His chin rested on his sternum; his arms draped across his lap. “He doesn’t respond much,” his physical therapist said. I was at the Veteran’s home bringing communion to the those who couldn’t attend Mass. “Would you like to receive the Body of Christ?” I asked standing in […]

In my front seat

I was driving back to Jennings listening to Psalm 27: O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: “Seek his face.” It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face. My thoughts turned to the perennial question, “Where are you, Lord?” […]