A Priest Life

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

Tag: liturgy

Collected for the Collect

As I climbed the steps to the presider’s chair, my pulse increased. I had been invited back to St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College to preside at a Mass for the community in the abbey church. As a student, I had spent many hours in the pew and the choir stalls.¬†For years, I’d wondered what […]

Want to receive You

At 4 years old, he wasn’t old enough to receive Communion. I gave him a blessing instead. As he and his mother walked turned to walk away, he looked up at her. “Mom, I really want to receive!” Thank You for the reminder: Lent is a gift to help our hearts want to receive You.

Thanking You

As a beginning preacher, one of the great joys is knowing that the message is heard. All week long, I was speaking with You about the homily for this weekend. In our conversations, I knew that I was to preach on Sunday Mass attendance but I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen. Sometime Saturday […]

The Imperial Death March

When the bell rang to signal the beginning of Mass this evening, I was greeted by the usual silence. After all, we don’t typically have music at our weekday liturgies. Today, my imagination decided otherwise. As I took my first few steps down the aisle, a song began to play in my head: the Imperial […]