A Priest Life

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

Tag: hope

What Our Lord Saw from the Cross

Fr. Jeff, you like to look around while you are on the altar. The little boy is right. Our sanctuary is surrounded by pews on three sides. Part of my routine is to look at the entire church gathered during the Introductory Rites. As I see different people, I formulate prayer intentions for each of […]

New Life Counseling

The chairs circling the room barely provided us enough room. Circling the altar, we prayed that our ministry would help those who walked through our door. Before blessing the building, we heard those words of the Gospel: Whoever keeps my word will never see death. –John 8:51 Helping those in crisis pregnancy situations is a […]

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 […]

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 […]


She loved. She prayed. She worked. Now it was our turn. The shovels were purchased for the occasion. The family stood around the grave as they lowered her casket into the ground. We loved. We passed around a phone so everyone could read Pope Francis’ tweet: Jesus is our hope.  Nothing – not even evil […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]