Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Say Something Nice About a Priest Meme

Priest
Thanks Cathy for the tag.

As the title says, I have to say something nice about a priest.

It is hard to narrow down my choice to one priest. It is also hard because ever since the Maryknoll Fathers have left the islands, my family hasn't really developed a close, personal relationship with any priest....you know...having him come over for dinner, etc.

I am going to choose Fr. Patrick.

He is a big, Irish priest who looks younger than his actual age of late 50's.

Some would find him curt at times. Maybe some find him to be abrasive and insensitive to their feeling. He runs a tight ship at his parish. He is a no-nonsense type of priest.

Yet, he is a good priest.

He has a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist. He is keenly aware of his failings and he talks about it openly. He is there when a lonely person has no one to advocate for them with hospital officials. He has almost single-handedly resurrected a dying parish. He has brought back reverence to the Holy Mass. He surrounds himself with other holy priests and brothers...and sisters. He expects nothing but the best for God and his church.

He is a real priest, with real failings and a wonderful sense of humor. And he is a good role model who continuously challenges and inspires the young.

He is the pastor of my mother's home parish and I am blessed to be able to be a part of his parish when I go home.

For this meme, I tag:

1. Jean

2. Maryellen

3. Squelly

2 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Sure and wouldn't be grand if we all had priests like Father Pat? Thank you, Esther! Sorry it has taken me so long to get to this post. don't know where the time goes but indeed it does fly! Have a grand weekend! Cathy

Esther G. said...

I just hope he doesn't see this post Cathy :-)