Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Life-Giving Journey

In his homily at the Chrism Mass in Rome this past spring, Pope Francis spoke of the anointing of Aaron as being an anointing that must go to "the edges" and "the fringes." He lovingly referred to the mission of the Church as reaching out to the "existential outskirts." Such wonderful language has encouraged all of the faithful to reach out to the fringes in our own societies and parish communities.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

One Up on St. Nicholas

I do believe that every person has some inner desire to always be ahead of the game. For most of us, "flying by the seat of our pants" has become a most common and accepted practice. I can publicly state that I am quite at peace with flying this way. Once you have experienced it a few times the stress seems to dissipate. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lorena Went A Cleaning

I will proudly state that I have the most fantastic cleaning person in the world. Since hiring Lorena about 5 years ago I have never once worried about the state of cleanliness in the rectory. She is, in one word, amazing. This past week she embarked on one of the most dangerous missions of her life: cleaning the main closets in the living room.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

On Puppies and Celibacy

I am a softie. I admit it. I get emotional and I cry. I know that some in society say that real men don't cry but I am sorry to upset the apple cart and admit that when I am emotionally moved I can cry. Some things affect me more than others.

Friday, June 8, 2012

It Is All About Relationships

I set myself up to be roundly criticized. You see, I do not use the self-serve lanes at a gas station. I do not use the self check out at the grocery store. I do not use the ATM at a bank to make deposits or payments. I only use the self-serve kiosk at the airport because some airlines demand that you use them. Some may say that I am counter-cultural, others might say that I am old-fashioned, some might think of me as pain in the rear.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

God is Faithful

Well, the Gala Week and Official Blessing of the new Cathedral is now a thing of the past. What an incredible celebration of our diocesan and local community! It was a true joy to see so many people from so many communities in our diocese gathered for prayer, praise, good food and true fraternity. We were blessed to have so many good natured folk who accepted leadership responsibilities and the result was that everything went off without any major glitches, save for the fact that on some evenings we were surprised by how many people attended.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Growing Pains

We will soon approach our third month in our new parish home. It has been an incredible journey and a wonderful experience. I don't think that I ever thought it would be as stressful and emotionally draining as it turned out to be. I quickly recognized that moving not only an office, but a whole church building and a home, was much more than my emotional self could handle.

Friday, March 2, 2012

On Getting Old(er)...

So there used to be a time in my life that I could cherish being called "newly ordained." People would comment on how nice it was to have young priests. I liked that time of my life. After a few years of ministry and a move to become pastor of a number of parishes I no longer could be called "newly ordained" but was somewhat satisfied with the term "junior clergy." While not being newly ordained I was quite fine with the "junior" handle as I was still young (and much younger at heart) and not as seasoned as some of my colleagues.

 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Living Strings

So Christmas is coming, they say. It seems we have already been bombarded by multiple advertisements and I am sure that the stores are playing Christmas carols as the shoppers browse the stores for the perfect gifts.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Saint Paul Would Approve

*Note: This blog was posted by Fr. David.  What a delight to have had the opportunity to travel with a group of parishioners to Greece and Turkey a few weeks ago.