Monthly Archives: October 2016

Field of Dreams and Living Your Vocation

The Spirit of October
There is nothing quite like baseball in October. The crisp nights, deafening cheers, final outs, and champagne celebrations all lend themselves to the spirit of October baseball, and the fall classic that is the World Series. It is in this spirit that I always like to take […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest? Part 4: On Mystery

“To penetrate all secrets ” 
This post is a continuation of a previous post. To read the previous post, click here: What Does it Mean to be a Priest? Part 3: On Suffering

I (once again) have to be honest; this part of the quote has been very difficult to wrap my mind […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest? Part 3: On Suffering

“To share all suffering.”
This post is a continuation of a previous post. To read the previous post, click here: What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Part 2
An Intimate Reality
I had my hometown parish priest tell me some years ago that one of his favorite things about being a priest […]

Botox, Skinny Jeans, and Vocations

 Okay so this post is not about botox or skinny jeans, (disappointing, I know) but it is about a song by an artist who sings about those things. Well…only sometimes…
On the late-night acoustic stage at a Christian music festival I attended over a decade ago there were three Nashville singer-songwriters […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Part 2

“To be a member of each family, yet belonging to none.”

This post is a continuation of a previous post. To read the previous post, click here: What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Part 1

The (Un)Loneliest Life
I once asked a close priest friend of mine if life as a priest […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Part 1

“To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures”

This post is a continuation of a previous post. To read the previous post, click here: What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Intro
Not Wasting any Time
Lacordaire doesn’t waste any time getting to the heart of what it means […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest?: Intro

The Question
When I was a kid I thought that being a priest would have to be the easiest job in the world. Working one hour on Saturday nights, one, maybe two, hours on Sunday mornings, and the occasional wedding or funeral…sounded pretty cushy to me. As I have to come […]

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