A Priest Life

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

Tag: Mass

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great temptation. Great grace

I’ve always believed that each moment of temptation provides a great opportunity for grace. There was no scheduled Mass on my calendar today. After a busy afternoon and evening, my body wanted to call it quits sans Mass. I guess part of our struggle is that we forget how Your people want to have someone pray for […]

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.

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 […]

They got it

It must have been my prayer book. The officer reminded me to empty my pockets of everything, even if I didn’t think it was metal. “Now come through.” Silence. “Good, you’re all clear.” I picked up my vestments and stood at the gates. I had always heard of this moment. The bars are intimidating, to […]

Graced Infamy

Today is December 7, 2011, the anniversary of “a date which will live in infamy.” It’s been seventy years the attack on Pearl Harbor. Like many people my age, I often found it difficult to personally connect to this event from the past. As a student of history, I know that it was not so […]