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Our Journey: Discernment During Lent

I feel pretty confident in saying that for a large number of people “Lent” is synonymous with “giving something up.” On Ash Wednesday the only question Catholics ask more than “what are you giving up for Lent?” is “what time is Mass?”
While the tradition of sacrificing from something during Lent […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest Part 8: On Chastity

“To have a heart of bronze for chastity.” 
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 7: On Charity
If there was one stumbling block for people when it came to the priesthood, it would probably […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest Part 7: On Charity

“To have a heart of fire for charity.”
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 6: On Prayer and Hope
For God’s Sake
Of all of these characteristics of the priest that Lacordaire gives us, this quality […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest Part 6: On Prayer and Hope

“To go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope.”
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 5: On Healing
I’m writing this […]

What Does it Mean to be a Priest? Part 5: On Healing

“To heal all wounds.” 
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 4: On Mystery
If there were ever four words to sum up Christ’s reason for coming to us, it might be these. So it […]

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 […]

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