A Priest Life

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

Tag: family

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Family of Faith

Tonight, as I was waiting for the Rite of Dedication to begin, I thumbed through the program. I was fascinated by the parish’s history. Sixty years ago, a small farming community began to gather as a small mission. Someone donated the land, and someone else donated the money. At last, they would have their own […]

The Greatest Present

At almost 92 years, she doesn’t leave the house much, if at all. Since she couldn’t make it to Mass, we brought Mass to her. There, packed into my Grandmother’s small living room, our family crowded around a small folding table. It was another one of the joys of a new priest’s life. Surrounded by […]

Mom’s Grandchildren

“Doesn’t it bother you that Jeff will never give you any grandchildren?” I overheard the question one day. Mom replied swiftly, “What do you mean? As a Father, he gives me more than just a few grandchildren; I become the spiritual grandmother to thousands.” As the fourth week of Advent begins, I return to these […]