A Priest Life

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

Tag: friendship

See our afflictions

Her request was simple: I would be so grateful, too, if you had a spare Mass you could offer for me. As a woman religious, she’s facing some difficulty in her ministry. I wanted to honor her request. Part of the joy of priesthood is doing work that makes a difference in people’s lives–an eternal difference. I […]

Smart hen who fed the others

See that hen right there? She’s really smart. She flies up to the bird feeder and knocks it so that the seeds spill out for the other ducks. I was sitting on a back patio with a parishioner I had gone to visit. The house overlooks a small lake, and we were watching the mallards […]

I have called You, friend

I usually try to guess the caller when my phone rings. Tonight, I expected it to be one of my sisters. I was wrong. The name and the picture delighted me! It was a call from a close friend I hadn’t spoken to in a long while. I was just calling to say hello. I realized […]

The same hearts

Opening the door to the chapel to finish setting up for our private Mass, I saw my priest-friend seated in the chair. He was gazing at the large images of Jesus and Mary that flank our tabernacle. He noticed what makes our images unique. It isn’t the typical depiction of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate […]

A graced meal

“Thank you for doing that.” I had just crunched down on a crouton. My eyes darted to Fr. Mac across the table as I started to say, “Doing wha…?” My voice trailed when I saw he wasn’t speaking to me. Instead, he was looking directly over my shoulder. He said it again: “Thanks for doing that.” This […]

This life allows me to value one day more than I used to

Today, I arrived in Washington D.C. for the Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School 8th grade trip. Since my plane arrived earlier than the rest of the group, I had a chance to visit with one of my classmates. We were catching up on the joys of being new priests. “How do you like priesthood?” I […]

Delightfully unexpected

Priesthood: expect the unexpected. I think about that saying quite a bit. Today, it’s perfect. Sitting at my desk, I was working furiously on the tasks that need to be completed before I leave this weekend for Washington D.C. with the 8th graders from our school. A knock came at my door: “There’s a woman […]

I was made for this

When questions come up, it’s great to pick up a phone and call a good priest-friend. Tonight, I visited with a friend I hadn’t spoken with since we left Rome. We talked about my theological conundrum and shared stories about our priesthood. I asked him if he was enjoying priesthood. His answer was brilliant: I […]


“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 […]