A Priest Life

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

Tag: sacraments

Tastes like heaven

I visited the 2nd grade religious-ed classroom today to answer their questions about heaven. “Who are the saints?” People in heaven! Great! Can you name any saints? Mary! Joseph! Michael Jackson! The teacher and I chuckled. “Hmm…I think we need to work on that!” Another hand shot up: Is there food in heaven? “What do you […]

Run for help

Today I helped the priests at another Catholic elementary school hear confessions. I could see them praying in the pew as they examined their consciences. Smiles were on their faces, and they were not afraid. But one detail in particular made me smile. They had trouble walking towards me. Instead, they ran to me when […]

Deliver fuel for the journey

The text was short: I need some help. A priest-friend was in town and staying in the rectory. He was in his truck headed to a retreat. I called him to find out what happened: Remember how I said I was low on gas earlier? I borrowed a can and brought him a few gallons. […]

Graceful rebound

With .8 seconds left on the clock: free throw. Miss. Struggle. Rebound. Someone in a white jersey leaps about the players and tosses the ball backwards over his head. Shouting. Cheering. Buzzer. Silence. Stunned. It was a heartbreaking loss for the boys in their quarterfinal game coming up just a point short, 49-48. “Wow, what […]

Spiritual bumpers

I had to swerve around it as I pulled into the parking lot. It’s what they were talking about when I sat down in the barber’s chair. “Did you see the bumpers outside? Nasty wreck in front of the shop yesterday.” It made me think about driving a car around with no bumper. There isn’t […]

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 […]

Waters of life

Tying the weights to the duck decoys was getting tedious. We had tied about 3 dozen and had another dozen to go. Standing near the barn, we were talking about how dry the ponds had been. Without water, there would be no ducks. The farmer started to walk away towards the pumps to begin flooding […]

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 […]

Faith: Confirmed

The room felt unusually alive. Most of the time, the men are nearly asleep in their wheelchairs. They participate the best they can, but their infirmities are a struggle. Today was different. Looking out from the altar, I was pleased to see some family members present and dressed for the occasion. They wore their Sunday-best […]

In my front seat

I was driving back to Jennings listening to Psalm 27: O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken: “Seek his face.” It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face. My thoughts turned to the perennial question, “Where are you, Lord?” […]