"Father, what vestments do you need for the nursing home Mass today?"
"Hmmm... green--but, what time is it, anyway? Five after 10? Oh my!"
"The dogs are cute...they aren't staying for Mass, are they?"
"You'll have five folks to visit in their rooms after Mass."
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit..."
(from a very confused elderly woman--at Mass): "Help! help! This isn't working!"
"Blessed are they who hope in the Lord."
"Help, I can't reach it!"
"Janitorial, come to Room 103; Janitorial to Room 103..."
"This is my Body..."
"Help, someone did this wrong! Come fix it!"
(to same confused woman): "Do you want to receive communion?" "Yes!" "Okay, be very still and quiet now...the Blood of Christ" (administered with an eye-dropper).
"I'm going to put my hands on your head and pray silently...then I'm going to anoint your head and your hands..."
"Father, I've been away from the church twelve years..."
"Fr. Tom, Linda and Tony won't be at the staff meeting today...let's get started."
"Father, the family of that boy just called..."
"Can you come and pray with us just a short while?"
"If I don't make it back by 5, will you open up church? I have a wedding rehearsal at 5:30."
"Father ___, can you visit the hospital for me? I won't make it down today. Thank you so much!"
"Saints of God, come to his aid..."
"Here, take some sandwiches with you, Father!"
"Father, you called about a grant application? Give me your email, I'll send it to you..."
"_____ is on the line, he wants to follow up that proposal he sent you..."
...as of 4:28 pm; wedding rehearsal and then school board at 7 pm.
To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures;
to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none;
to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds;
to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers;
to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope;
to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity;
to teach and to pardon; console and bless always.
My God, what a life! And it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!
--Father Henri Lacordaire, OP, 1802-61.