A Priest Life

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

Tag: Peace


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 […]

Our Lady of the Faculty

One of our teachers stopped me in the commons. Hey Fr. Jeff! I’d been feeling really anxious lately. My girlfriend and I decided to pray a rosary together. It was the first time I’d really done something like that, and it was like this wave of peace just calmed me down. Each time I felt […]

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 […]

The Greatest Present

At almost 92 years, she doesn’t leave the house much, if at all. Since she couldn’t make it to Mass, we brought Mass to her. There, packed into my Grandmother’s small living room, our family crowded around a small folding table. It was another one of the joys of a new priest’s life. Surrounded by […]