Monday, September 17, 2012

Give your priest a break

I saw this prayer on Rorate Caeli and it reminded me of something I've been mulling over for years. I've watched Father Eagle and Father Gandalf and Father Aragon before him be gracious and patient and perfectly attentive to hundreds of people. Years ago a woman wrote on her blog that she was upset because her parish  priest didn't come greet her group. It didn't seem to occur to her that Father might have been doing something else that day like paying the water bill or talking to a bride and groom or spraying sealant on that darn leaky pipe in the kitchen. It also didn't seem to occur to her that lots of groups meet at the parish every week. Surely Father shouldn't be expected to vist every single group  at every meeting? We all have one pastor with one set of quirks to put up with but he has hundreds or thousands of demanding  people to deal with. On a human level it's too much to handle. On the supernatural level it can only be achieved by a total union with the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ.


Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

What's really strange is that often the same people who criticize Father for missing their meeting, have no problem with heretical preaching from the pulpit or liturgical abuse. Some of the most popular priests are the ones most unfaithful to the doctrine. Unfortunately we are living in a culture of feelings and as long as somebody makes one "feel good" they'll happily swallow heresy.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"I've watched Father Eagle and Father Gandalf and Father Aragon"

Ha, so you didn't change the nicknames, these are different priests, then?