Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Got Your Back

So the other day...uh...yesterday actually, I get a random text from another priest in our diocese whom I am just now getting to know. Fun dude, even though he is like 1,000 years older than me! Haha, just kidding. Dude, if your reading this, you know I'm just joshing you. Anyways, the text read, "I will be celebrating this next Mass for your intentions." I then commenced in teasing and bantering him....but after that, I decided to rally all my thoughts and prayers for those people and situations that I care about and pray for regularly. Then after a few minutes I was satisfied that this would suffice as my intention list for the time being.

Sure we hear about the need to pray for each other, but growing up, I don't know if I ever heard of priests praying for each other...maybe I was never around or maybe at the very least I heard of prayers offered for priests in a general manner, but I never heard a priest say to another priest, "What do you want prayers for?" or "I will say my next Mass for you." Don't get me wrong, we do pray for each other...I pray for my brother priests, especially those closest to me.

Yet my inclination to do so has always kind of been an extension of my own spiritual background where want to pray for others. It made sense for me to do as a priest what I have always been doing as a practicing Christian-Catholic.  I don't know if growing up I actually heard a priest say to another that they will be praying for them. I never had that example. When I talk to my classmates from seminary, it's a little different (at least for me) because these are guys I knew before being a priest...

This was a first experience for actually hear a priest say to me that he would be offering Mass for my intentions...that...that just really made my put it into a cool perspective for me:

I, a priest, care about you as a brother priest enough to want to pray for you.

This was perhaps a great little reminder that as priests we pray for each other because we are in this together. The priesthood isn't game, it demands all of you. A good fraternity is always helpful when you are in this life. It's good to know that I got some brother priests who can say I GOT YOUR BACK by simply letting me know that they are praying for me...

Thanks a lot friend :)


  1. I am not a priest, but I pray for you everyday.

    1. thank you, thank you, thank you...that really means a lot to is good to know when we priests are prayed for...

  2. Great post. Curious - I noted where you opted for "Christian-Catholic" when describing your religious practice. Is this a term you would promote over just "Catholic"? It seems to help promote unity or in a way help evangelization with our separated brethren. Thanks!


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