A Priest Life

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

Tag: funeral

We don’t understand

We had just finished practicing for the Easter Vigil liturgy. I was standing outside in front of the church greeting a family as we prepared to celebrate a funeral for a young man who died at only 37. His brother expressed faith profoundly: I know we don’t understand, but I know it’s because we aren’t […]

I know you

As she got out of her car in front of the church, she tried to fight back the tears. I met her behind the hearse to bring her comfort at the death of her husband. Father, thank you for being here. I know you don’t know who we are, but it means so much for […]

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: […]

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. […]