A Priest Life

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

Tag: priestly life

Year One

Today, I celebrate my first anniversary as a priest. Reflecting on my inaugural year to the presbyterate, I find my priestly-life summed up in two events: When I arrived in this parish, one of the ushers went out of his way to make me feel welcome. He invited me to breakfast and dinner practically every […]

Share the light

Kneeling in silence, we were focused on You. There was a slight breeze. All was silent. There, on the altar, You were exposed. Shrouded in mystery, You spoke to our hearts. You spoke to the three-thousand restless hearts gathered for Abbey Youth Festival. Each of us had been given a candle: You are the light of the […]

Want it for you. Want it for others. Make it happen.

“You can’t have your dessert until Claire finishes her supper.” Ella gave her mom a quick look. Her face said everything. She found the nearest barstool, dragged it next to Claire’s high chair, hoisted herself up, and stared directly at Claire. She watched her eat, one bite at a time. At one point, she even picked […]

One Day

There are certain days that summarize the entirety of the priestly life. Today was one of them. The alarm rang at 7am. My day began with Confessions that helped to heal the wounds of sin and despair. Then there were two Sunday Masses proclaiming the joy of Christ’s coming. Mass was followed by a meeting […]

The Small Things

At the basketball game, her son was doing very well. He had made several layups, caught a number of rebounds, and picked up a couple of steals. With motherly excitement, her words caught my ear, He’s doing very well. It gives him better confidence, and he plays better. Life as a new priest–it’s a whirlwind […]