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Welcome to my blog.  I see this picture and can’t help but smile.  I think there are many Catholics that need to smile more, especially if the guy that has “the buck stops here sign” on his desk can smile so much.  (I have not been to the Pope’s office, but am pretty sure that belongs to Truman and isn’t in the Vatican, but it made my point) Don’t forget, it isn’t just the Latin Rite (Roman Catholic) but over 20 Eastern rites.  The fact that our Pope shows such joy, prompted me to start writing.  I decided to start putting some of the things I say and think into a format like this, not just for others, but to help me clarify some of my ideas on what the Pope and God are challenging us to in our daily lives.

I hope to start a discussion and not a debate.   Arguing for or against certain teachings isn’t the goal here, but instead to help us all come deeper understanding of that which is just beyond our grasp, or our faith.

You will notice a few things from the start and a few things as different topics come to light.  First, as a priest, I will present what the Church teaches and that will not be up for debate.  Second, when I post my opinion we can talk about that, but those will be about applications of Church teachings and not the teaching itself.  Feel free to ask questions, I realize many sites do a great job of answering questions, so that isn’t a main focus, but I will be happy to answer them.  This isn’t about me, so no pictures of me or updates about my life and sometimes may get priestly people to take some topics.  I don’t want this to become about a person, but to be focused on our faith.  To ask a question you can post it in a comment or to ask anonymously, click here.

Some facts about the guy typing.  Cradle Catholic and parents later in life were daily communicants.   Ordained in 1989 or for over half my life.  Not all of that was in active ministry.  I am in active ministry now.  My dad served 30 years and I was in the military so I have moved many times.  Over 30 moves makes an impact and part of that probably was how I started my priesthood.  I was a rebellious younger priest and through some struggle have found true joy in being what even my former Vicar for Clergy would, and has, called a good priest.

What does good mean, by good, I am not saying my homilies are good or my office style is good, by good I mean that I follow all that little red writing in the Missal and I have studied the GIRM and being a responsible priest.  I have found a great resource in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or CCC and use it when I teach, as you all will see.  If you keep reading that is.  On a personal note, I have the gift of ADD so if you confess that you get distracted during mass, I have to admit “me too!” I am also an extrovert and learning to be quiet in prayer took two years of hard work and still at times is a challenge.  That said, those around me can tell, usually before I realize it, when I get away from my quiet time with God.

If the time here helps one person realize the true joy of being Catholic and the gift we have in the Eucharist and reconciliation, it will be worth it.

Comments are welcome!  Please remember, I’m not doing this to start a debate, but a discussion to lead us deeper into our faith, deeper into our relationship with our God.

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