I had something really special happen to me the other day that I just had to share about.
If there’s one group in society that my heart goes out to the most, it’s priests. It’s no secret – I’m Catholic. And frankly that’s a hard group to claim these days. Given the societal climate surrounding catholicism and all the horrible scandals that have come to light in the past year, I’d say the only thing more difficult than being a catholic in 2019, is being a snowman at the beach.
But it makes me so sad, because the vast vast majority of priests are good and holy men. Selfless men who have given their lives to the church, willing taking on a life of singleness and celibacy. Bearing the humiliation and judgement brought on by the horrendous actions of a small handful of evil men in their vocation.
But the truth is, they’re not all monsters. And, contrary to what the mainstream media will tell you – Catholic priests are not all predators and corrupt deviants. In fact, they’re incredible humans. But their stories — the silent majority — aren’t the headline grabbing tales that fit snuggly into the Left’s narrative they’ve so manipulatively crafted.
Allow me to set the scene here –
When I first moved to NYC, I can still remember my first mass. I was down in this beautiful parish with lots of young people. And there was this really hip priest. He was a former surfer – young guy. Not your typical “gray haired, Santa Claus- esq” man of the cloth.
I just remember sitting there, watching him preach from an iPad, and thinking to myself — 1) Wow, what a cool priest! and 2) I am *definitely* not in Ohio anymore!
But anyways, after a few months he was transferred to another parish, and I thought that was the end of the story.
Well, there were literally thousands of priests there, in attendance. It was the coolest thing. And wouldn’t you know, but I bumped into that very same hip, surfer priest at a private cocktail party for the benefactors.
You would have thought I saw a rockstar, I was so excited.
I like, tapped my mom on the shoulder and said, “It’s the iPad priest from New York!” Because, of course I had told her about how terrific his homilies were, and how he made the energy in the parish come alive.
SO. I mustered all my courage, and struck up a conversation with Father! I bumbled on about how I always referred to him as the iPad surfer priest, and how grateful I was that when I first moved to the city, his parish made me feel so welcome, at home, and on fire for Christ.
And we continued talking for probably 20 minutes or so. Chatting about our mutual friends — the catholic circle is a small one! He shared what pilgrimages and ministries he has going. And in that time, I actually told him about my past with anorexia – and my blog. But it was a great conversation, and he really made me feel like I was doing meaningful work.
Anyways. Fast forward now, to just this past month.
I go home to visit my family, and my dad pulls me into his office, and says, “I have something for you.”
And he hands me a little package. A hand written card and a beautiful wooden rosary.
Hip iPad sufer priest had sent me a rosary that he got during his trip to the Holy Land, and he blessed it with water from the Jordan River.
I mean, wow. What an incredibly thoughtful and special gesture.
(So, if for some crazy reason you’re reading this – thank you Father.)
He was doing exactly what the Lord put him on this earth to do: be a father to his parish, and to share the Father’s love and goodness with those in his flock, whom he shepherds.
But I wanted to share this tonight, to just highlight all the wonderful priests there are, who are the silent majority, with their heads down, doing the Lord’s work.
The humility and generosity to remember just this random parishioner, and then send her such a blessing — it just goes to show — you never know the power of a simple act of kindness.
It goes a long way. A long way.
In this world where everything is digital, and everything is so “throw away” and impersonal — a text message, an email, a “tag” on social media — nobody picks up the phone anymore. No body goes out of their way for any body else.
And you know what? That needs to change. If we all just made one small little gesture — a letter, a phone call, a small care package — imagine the difference that would make.
Because here’s the thing: it communicates that you care. It communicates to the recipient that they matter. And I’ll tell you what, in today’s society, that is a rare message. Too rare.
So thank you to all the good and holy priests out there. Your work is not unnoticed.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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