All tagged priest

On Living

Every so often a priest by the name of Father Hunt celebrates morning mass at my church. He’s retired, and doesn’t get around all that well but clearly loves being at mass and celebrating it for all of us. He always seems to have a smile on his face and the morning homilies are wonderful. So why am I telling you this? Here’s a man who has spent his entire life serving others and even in retirement still finds joy in that. That’s the life I want to live.

I don't know what to say...

It's times like this that really test my faith, my feelings regarding the path I'm on, and this church that I love dearly. I've been in a fog for most of the afternoon and into this evening after reading as much as I can about the news that broke today. 300+ Priests were identified as credible abusers of over 1,000 victims during a 70+ year timespan (source). My heart breaks for the victims, and I know there's nothing I could ever say that will ever make them feel any better. I'll pray for the victims, the church, and the good priests out there.

Can we talk?

Our community needs to be protected, taught, loved and shown the extraordinary love that God has for us and we can't do any of that if they don't trust the leaders of the church. It disgusts me that sex abuse and cover-ups happened and I think about it all the time, but I do believe that we can look to those that are doing good in the church as examples of what we can rest our faith upon.

Too old to be a Priest?

My brothers and sisters this is just the start of what I'm assuming will be many posts on clarifying assumptions that you might have regarding older vocations or vocations in general. I know I've had quite a few and if I can share them here to help make someone else's possible discernment process a bit easier then all the better!

Your Purpose is Important.

Long ago I made a promise to myself that any job I had at the time if I ever woke up, was unhappy with the prospect of going to that particular job, I'd walk in and tender my resignation to my boss that day. Bold? Perhaps. However, my happiness has always been a major pillar of my life although previous posts would have you believe otherwise.  Trust me when I say that even at my saltiest I still desired to be happy if even in the slightest bit.

And I was Rescued

I was so encrusted with salt, self-loathing, anger, fear, a bloated ego, and disdain for anything that didn't have to do with me. I didn't think I needed saving, but none of us ever do until we do. I truly believe the Lord lifted me up from this wretched life and delivered my soul and me to where I am now.

The concept of being saved by the Lord might be lost on some of you but if you permit me the time I'd like to attempt to explain to you what exactly I mean.

A Guide for those not Discerning (Part 1)

I'm a 36 year old discerning a call to the vocation of priesthood. I get a lot of questions every day and I thought I'd compile a list of the questions I get a lot and try and give you some answers or insight into what this all means. This list isn't comprehensive and really just encompasses the most popular questions I get. I am sure there will be another post made as I travel down this road of discernment. Enjoy!