Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why Did I start?

Alright, so it has been a while since I've blogged. I...wait...I was about to start giving all these reasons why I haven't blogged...was about to start talking about the crazy, awesome, business of it all...but....I'm just gonna take this image here to the left as my focus. Why did I start this blog? Well, I just wanted to show that we priests are just as random and just as normal as your average person! LOL Let me tell you what, it is so true. If you follow the tweets, Instagrams, or Facebook's of any priest, you'll see that in the midst of their desire to talk about God and bring others into a deeper knowledge of Him...that they are all NORMAL!! LOL...or just plain funny or weird or whatevs...

I think THAT's been eye opening for me. What's that? That we priests are all normal. Dude, I've met so many guys that love baseball or sports...and here in the south, hunting is a big deal...guys that (by guys I mean priests) that have dogs, do sports training, are gigantic nerds, rugby fans, gamers, app and podcast creators, wilderness junkies...it's been a real far out experience in getting to know brotherhood I am a part of...the priesthood.

You know what's funny? It's this whole on-the-job-training that is part of the priesthood. They really do their best to form you in the seminary, but they can't give you the answers to the numerous situations that come up. They give you principles, the intellectual know-how, their experience, and then it's GO TIME! And you figure it out as best you can...LOL I tried these bacon-egg cups a while back...i think the picture pretty much explains what happened....One thing they didn't show me what to do is cook bacon-egg cups. There should have been a class dedicated to that in the midst of prayer, medical ethics, and Scripture class.... :/

Nonetheless, Jesus has been my light, my source of comfort. I find that I have to continuously give things over to him. If I don't...well...I'll just turn into a bad and overly dried up bacon-egg cup! hahaha I got this little Jesus night-light when I married my friend and his fiancee. I had known him for 11 years. It was so cool and I was deeply honored to be asked to marry them. Where did I go? Minnesota! Oh Yeah Sure You-Betcha! Had some awesome adventures there. Man, nothing like the midwest. Got to visit with other friends from NET. That was cool, to be able to touch base with those that contributed to my formation. Oh yeah, NET Ministries formed me for sure...if it wasn't for them, I'm not sure where I would be now...I'm not sure how different my life would be without the people that are currently part of it.

I will always be a kid inside. I will always look at life in a fun way. Be it in the spiritual realm or in ordinary life, I'll always see things in light of comics, cartoons, superpowers. I will always imagine of the impossible because it will be in a world where my imagination roams free that I can make sense of things. You see, the world and the spiritual life isn't as mundane as we may think. It's actually all pretty fascinating and cool. We just have to open our eyes, believe in something greater than us (*clears throat* like God) and allow ourselves to be inspired and be in awe of the incredulously impossible. 

Perhaps that's why I started this...not just to show that priests are normal, not just to share random thoughts, but to also encourage those reading that life is far more interesting than what we may initially think...

that's just my thought

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ThE cAT

The pastor has a cat.

His name is Frankie. 

Frankie is my best friend.

Frankie likes shoes...

And Sandals...

That's just weird


Monday, August 12, 2013

My Bad

Alright, so I just got a post about needing to blog more because...well...as they said, "[it's] fun to see that you have interests and hobbies and that you, too, make mistakes"

LOL...yeah...it's been a while since I have been able to blog. AND...it's just been a little difficult since one of my last entries. My human-broken side totally came out when I felt offended. When I looked over the way I had responded, I was totally shocked...I mean, I couldn't believe how I responded...so what happened? I shied away from writing anymore because I just felt weird...like I knew something was in me that was broken and still needed God's grace...but that's part of life, right?

We see our weaknesses and with God's grace, with reconciliation with brothers and sisters, we face another day and move towards holiness...all of us move towards it together...forgiving, learning, growing while we go through this crazy world...And I guess part of this blog was to show that...

So anyways, thanks to that individual who just sent me a message...I'll try to make a better effort in blogging more often. Okay...let's do this! Onward to holiness!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NET Ministries 2013


The words to 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman comes to mind right now. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul, Worship His holy name. Sing like never before, O my soul, I'll worship Your holy name..."

"Why?" you may ask yourself. Well, I just spent the last few days taking care of 12 young missionaries. These missionaries are from NET MINISTRIES. I was on NET myself. NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 120 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote NINE MONTHS to serving with the National Evangelization teams.


Divided into 11 teams, they travel across the U.S. for nine months to share the Gospel with young people and their families. Since 1981, NET teams have led over 25,000 retreats and ministered to more than 1.6 million young Catholics.

So big whoop, right? I mean, so big deal. They were here. I was an alumnus and was able to spend time with them...but actually it was a little more than just that. 

You know, NET actually helped me to become who I am today. Before NET I was a shy introverted and very insecure 17 year old. When I went "on the road" I was pushed outside of my comfort zone. I began to do God's will...and his will was for me to grow beyond my comfort zone and to love when I wanted to quite loving. Pretty basic, right? Wrong!!

When you travel around in a team with about 11 other people, you have to understand, they all have different likes, dislikes, different buttons, different points of view..sometimes and most of the time it conflicts with your views...suffice it to say, there is a reason why everyone on NET is trained on how to reconcile in charity. 


Life on the road has its challenges, but it also has its great moments. This last weekend, Team 6 came to Valdosta to do a retreat for 90 confirmation students from about 6 different parishes/missions. As you can tell, it was A LOT of fun. But it wasn't all just fun and games. The team did a phenomenal job of presenting the  Gospel message and incorporating everyday experiences and personal testimonies to speak of the goodness of God and our own goodness.

The men and women were split up later on in the day to speak specifically of our identities as sons and daughters of God. There were funny skits and moving dramas that drove those points home. In addition, there was a time of prayer to give the young people a chance to integrate all they have heard and have an encounter with Jesus.

It was a great day this last Saturday. A very sad moment....They left Sunday to Savannah. I coordinated breakfast with the Bishop Tuesday morning before they were to leave (today that is). And I decided to take my day of rest and go meet them for breakfast and a final goodbye. They left an hour later than expected...sorry guys! I send my apologies to your next contact person :/  We took pictures and sang fun songs and hugged like 1,000 times before they piled into the van. I truly loved this team (not that I didn't love Team 2 from last year! lol) There are great men and women on this team and I pray they finish strong. They ministered to me. Showed me that brotherly love that I once knew when I was on the road. They were an example of Christian charity and filled with desire for holiness. I was reminded of my own commitments from the past and my commitments as a priest...wow....nothing like Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so will man sharpen his fellow man" to enkindle in you the fire of HIS love...


So yes, I had a great time with this team. And as they left just a couple hours ago, I can't help but feel the Spirit of the Lord fill me up. I can't help but want to sing out to the Lord in my desire to grow in holiness. I want to bless the Lord for all the many good things he has sent me these last few days...


Saturday, February 23, 2013

I am a Mess

So just because we are priests, it doesn't mean we don't mess up. I just used a double negative in that last sentence. See!! We are all part of different backgrounds. We all have our own quirks. We all have different buttons that are pushed that drive us crazy or over the edge...Yes, we are human. And the more I live my life as a priest, the more I continue to be reminded of that fact. LOL

I told everyone at Mass last week there were three solemnities coming up in which one's lenten fast is suspended so that one can celebrate those solemnities. FAIL!! LOL. A priest friend corrected me after I had celebrated a couple masses for the weekend. I just gawked at him with my mouth open...then I began to laugh. "Oh no!!!" Terrific. Jesus at the end of time is going to say, "Fr Chris, during Lent of 2013 there were about 800+ people who didn't fast because you told them to feast." LOL...I can see it now! I'm reminded regularly about this epic priestly fail when people approach me asking me which days I was referring to. (I told the people it was their homework to figure out which days) Now it will have to be my penance to let people know of my error.

Then today, I dropped coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor at the residence of one of our religious sisters! LOL

THIS IS TOTALLY ME...
I guess that's part of the human experience, right? We mess up, we try to learn from it, and move forward. Sometimes the "learning and moving forward" part takes a little longer. But hey, so long as we are moving and not stagnant, the Lord can work with us. 

So I'm gonna try to keep up with this blog again. And I'm going to ask for y'all's patience with me. The world wide web is an interesting place. A lot of opinions out there. I'm just sharing my story as a priest. My thoughts as a priest.