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Badges, Stars, and a Dugout Stable

From a distance, the cloth patch on my shirt—vaunting the Lone Star of Texas—looks like a badge. The two-way radio on my belt commands respect. Mounted on my steed with a Stetson pulled low over my brow, I’m tempted to introduce myself as Fr. Walker, Texas Ranger. Actually, the uniform is only that of a safety volunteer at a local state pa...

09 14 2021

Called to “Be With”

by Fr. Jack, Guest Contributor on https://priesthoodinsideout.org/ And He called twelve to be with him . .  and said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” It’s after midnight and near freezing. My buddy, Carter, and I stand still and peer into the canyon. It has sharp shadows. The moon lights...

07 08 2021

Heart to Heart

In times past, God spoke to his people in partial and fragmentary ways, but in these, the last days, He has spoken to us through His Son. Hebrews 1:1 I have a great-nephew who bears my name. When I get a chance to introduce him to someone, I always point out that he is the “new and improved model.” And I’m sincere about that. Luke is fo...

04 27 2021

Hunter, Athlete, Soldier, Savior

I had a brother who wasn’t from my family. We worked a ranch down by the border... Ol’ Rocko got fired by the boss man. Now he works a 'dozer in Eagle Pass.                           from “Canvas,” Shane Smith and the Saints I envy pilots, bronc riders and quarter-backs. Their jobs require grit and fortitude and they...

03 23 2021

A Father’s Priestly Duty: Lead the Family in Prayer

Written by Terry Rumore The following was originally published in Sword&Spade Magazine and is available for download. "Lead your family in prayer.” From recent experience I can tell you these five simple words have the power to turn a father’s world upside down. This challenge was put forth to a group of Fraternus men last year. Sin...

09 10 2020

What Jayber Crow Can Teach Us About the Priesthood and Celibacy

As someone who sees perennial bachelorhood as a societal sickness, recommending Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry might seem counterproductive.  Jayber, Berry’s main character in the novel, is a small-town barber that finds himself an “ineligible bachelor,” as he puts it.  He never marries, never has kids, and in that way is “free” of the bu...

08 13 2020

Proud Flesh and the Scars of Priesthood

It’s late afternoon. Canted light sweeps across a rolling plain bunched with junipers. Their branches, like the arms and shoulders of swimmers, stroke against waves of scented wind, the whoosh and warp of the sound as soft as chant inside a chapel. We pull up our horses and gaze across the cedar sea. In the distance, Permian cliffs, smooth and s...

05 02 2019

Why I Still Want to Be a Priest After 2018

As 2018 came to an end, and we begin 2019, it was not a glamorous year for the priesthood. In fact, it was one of the most devastating, humiliating, and repulsive years for priests. Through the heinous and unconscionable actions of some clerics, simply wearing a Roman collar in public often gets stares as if I were an accomplice to a network of mon...

02 25 2019

Altar Serving is For Boys Because Saying Mass is a Man’s Job

Wise cultures don’t let boys idle long – as boys that is.  If you let them idle, that unnecessary phase of “adolescence” creeps in.  Adolescence, an invention of unhealthy cultures wherein boyhood is extended as far as possible into would-be adulthood, is an enemy of maturity.  Once a boy comes to a physical strength and mental capacity ...

02 16 2019

The Priest I Seek

This morning I awoke (as did you) to the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron of all priests. I’m reflecting on the priesthood today, and more specifically, on my time in the seminary a few years ago. I remember being told as a young seminarian time and time again: “Meet the people where they’re at” and “Be relatable” and other such ...

08 04 2017

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