A Priest Life

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

Tag: love

Gestures of love

From the recliner I could see my 4-year-old niece on the sofa trying to make a symbol with her hand and waving it wildly. Puzzled, I looked to my left to see at whom she was waving. Mom was peering through the kitchen making a gesture with three fingers. Mom asked her, “Do you know […]

Priestly job description

I spent much of the afternoon in the hospital in Lake Charles visiting my Godson. While there, I took the opportunity to visit a priest who has been in the hospital. Throughout my life Msgr. Bourque has always been a good priestly influence. He always encouraged me to pursue my vocation and to dedicate my […]

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 […]

Color of love

There seems to be red everywhere. A quick look at some social media today might reveal a number of photographs and avatars in red as people express their hopes that the Supreme Court might redefine marriage. After seeing these pictures this morning, I walked over to the church to pray as I do most mornings. […]

Search in our trash

It was late. A few pieces of wrapping paper were still scattered on the carpet. Opened presents were stacked half-hazardly around the living room. Most of the kids had all gone home. My sister called and told mom that my nephew was upset. He couldn’t find an accessory to one of his new toys. “Poor […]

A father’s love

The Christian mystery is this: A father’s love. *          *          * A close friend of mine and former parishioner, Angelique Marcantel, entered into the novitiate for the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará today. Here, Sister Marie Protectrice de la Foi (Mary Protector of the […]

Triumph of the Cross

I opened the Ordo in the sacristy this morning and smiled to see that today is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross. And then he came to mind. “One year already!” I said. A little over a year ago, I was walking past the dining room table in the rectory when a yellow […]

These are your own. Love them to the end.

Climbing the ambo to proclaim tonight’s Gospel, my eye settled on its antiphon: He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. –John 13:1 I smiled when I saw it. That was the verse from Scripture I placed on my holy card as a commemoration of my ordination to the […]

The best is yet to come

Mass was over, and I was sitting in the pew praying the Office. As they approached me, I could tell they were excited. “Father, would you give us a blessing? Today is our 50th wedding anniversary!” We proceeded to the sanctuary, where I gave them the blessing for this wonderful celebration. Afterwards, I asked them […]

Psalm 27

“Father Starkovich, you were ordained into an interesting time.” The pastor has told me this nearly everyday since my ordination. These days are interesting, to say the least. The Church is front and center embroiled in what is turning out to be a fierce debate. I don’t know where it’s going, and I don’t know […]