A Priest Life

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

Tag: Lent

Transition from the Cross to the Resurrection

The joy of watching students express their faith is unlike any other. I imagine it’s like the joy of a parent watching their children accomplish something beautiful. After celebrating Mass at St. Louis Catholic High School, the transitions students led the entire student body in the Way of the Cross. Narrators lead the prayer and […]

Erasing the white board

I walked out of the sacristy vested with an alb and purple stole. When I looked at the back of the church, I expected there to be a few people who came for our Lenten penance night. Over 10 pews worth was more than few! Grace was given penitent after penitent: I absolve you of […]

How was your day?

She walked into the sacristy about fifteen minutes before Mass started. Her husband was standing in the corner and she walked over to him and greeted him with a quick hug and a kiss. Hello dear, how was your day? They hadn’t seen each other since the morning and talked briefly about their day. After […]

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 […]

Tidy up Your living quarters

When I arrived at the top of the stairs to my living quarters, I noticed things were a little bit in disorder. I had been neglecting to keep everything as organized as I like. I had an hour before my next Mass, so I got to work. Picking up loose things here and there, I […]

Lifts my spirit

Father, that’s the last one. Our campus minister had come into the makeshift confessional to let me know that we were finished. We took down the signs and picked up the chairs. With the help of more than a dozen priests over two days, the entire high school had a chance to experience Your mercy. Walking into […]

Never pretend

On the first Sunday of Lent, You ask us to reflect on Your temptation in the desert. The devil tried to trick You like he tried to trick them in the Garden. Today, our bishop asked us to reflect on these temptations: The devil at first seems not to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  The […]

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: […]

Little purple flowers

“Let’s go for a walk! I’ll show you Toledo Bend!” she jovially exclaimed. After we ate a quick breakfast, my 6-year-old niece wanted to take a walk down to the lake. On our way down the hill towards the water’s edge, I lost sight of her behind me. Out of the corner of my eye, […]

Keep the world out

While sitting in the confessional before Mass began, I was reading The World’s First Love. The grating in a Carmelite monastery is not to keep the sisters in, but to keep the world out. -Fulton Sheen Thank You for a small Lenten reminder. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help to keep the world out.