Category: Priesthood

A Day in the Life

At the rehearsal dinner for a Marriage I witnessed, somebody  told me her son wanted to be a priest because he figured priests took a break all week between Sunday Masses. The irony was that I was in the middle of a period where… Continue Reading “A Day in the Life”

True riches are in Heaven

The man in the Gospel (Mark 10:17-30) is after our American-pragmatic sense: he gets right to the point: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Our Lord then makes sure he is at least following the commandments, but then He gives… Continue Reading “True riches are in Heaven”

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary time

Recently I preached on the scandals that have caused searing pain in the Church. Not many people in the parish had spoken to me directly about the scandal, which worried me, because I knew that people were simmering. I asked around a bit and… Continue Reading “Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary time”

Pope Saint Pius X to Priests

In 1908 Pope Saint Pius X penned an exhortation to priests, called Haerent Animo. It should be required reading of any Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Priest.If you are a priest, go read this letter. If you are not, either email the link to your priest… Continue Reading “Pope Saint Pius X to Priests”

Mass of Thanksgiving homily-The Priesthood

I was very honored recently to have been asked to preach for my friend’s Mass of Thanksgiving following his ordination to the sacred priesthood. The following is the homily I preached at his Mass, which was the extended vigil of Pentecost: “Ave, Imperator, morituri… Continue Reading “Mass of Thanksgiving homily-The Priesthood”

Good Shepherd Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not… Continue Reading “Good Shepherd Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter)”

A special Grace

Yesterday I had a very powerful experience that I will probably never fully understand. I was doing some reading yesterday morning and the phone rang: it was about 5:45 am. Sure enough, it was the hospital summoning me to the emergency room. I arrived… Continue Reading “A special Grace”