A Priest Life

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

Tag: grace

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 […]

Great stories

Great story, father! I was in the refectory of the seminary after celebrating Mass for the seminarians. I had shared with them his story of conversion and how the power of grace is amazing to watch as a priest. Looking out at all of them, it was my prayer intention for Mass. Through Your work, I want […]

Careen into grace

I’m enjoying my reading of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I came across these lines tonight: There was something awful and revolting in the memory of what had been bought at this fearful price of shame. Shame at their spiritual nakedness crushed her and infected him. –Part II, Chapter 11. The allusion to Genesis is clear. She is […]

Make a difference through service

My pace on the way out was much slower. I had rushed down the long hallway coming into the hospital but now I was taking my time. I focused on each step. I looked at each poster on the wall. I stopped to read one of them: Making a difference through service. My mind replayed […]

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 […]

Bless me

It’s almost routine for us. Fr. Jeff, I need to talk to you. He pulls me aside. You need to bless me. We have a bowling tournament at the end of the month. As one of our transition students, he has a deep faith. No matter what is coming up in his life, from a […]

Graceful rebound

With .8 seconds left on the clock: free throw. Miss. Struggle. Rebound. Someone in a white jersey leaps about the players and tosses the ball backwards over his head. Shouting. Cheering. Buzzer. Silence. Stunned. It was a heartbreaking loss for the boys in their quarterfinal game coming up just a point short, 49-48. “Wow, what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marathon of grace

It has become so much a part of our generation’s growing up process…I was 12 on 9/11…and there hasn’t been a significant lull since. I think terrorism has shaped us more than we realize. I received that text from a close friend of mine as we were discussing the tragedy in Boston. We look back […]