Last year I heard a quote from a priest that has stuck to me to this day and I believe will continue to stay with me as I move forward in my priesthood. “are you weak enough to be a priest?” A profound statement that should make us think. Normally in our world we look … Continue reading God Qualifies the Called
As a newly ordained priest, amazingly, it has already been four weeks of being a priest! I’m having to adjust to saying Mass regularly and get adjusted to how to celebrate the mass and all of the hand gestures and everything else. As a new experience, it can be challenging to enter into the mystery … Continue reading God’s presence
I hope I’m not sharing a story with you that you have already heard, but I know my Grandpa, you know him as Bill Koch, loves to tell the story about his visit down to Louisiana. A medical van picked him up at his nursing home in Kalida and brought him to Baton Rouge Louisiana. … Continue reading The Love of the Trinity
Do any of you remember the first time you tried to ride a bike, or maybe the first time you went swimming? We likely don’t remember what we were doing, and we needed some help. I don’t have much memory of my bike lessons as a kid but I know I was successful with them … Continue reading God Gives us Aid to Proclaim the Gospel
As you probably know this coming weekend, I will finish my journey that started about eight years ago when I entered the seminary. A part of the ordination I will lie prostrate on the floor, or I will lie flat on the floor face down. During this action, the Church will be praying the litany … Continue reading They will know us by our Love
How many of you have dogs? As I’m sure, you know dogs are usually good about responding to their given name. Especially a well-trained dog will respond to many commands. I had a golden retriever as a kid named Lucy, and we taught her to get our paper in the morning. She would go out … Continue reading Listen to the Shepherd’s Voice
When I was in my 3rdyear of seminary formation, I attended a retreat in Grand Coteauthe Jesuit spirituality center. The priest who I met with gave me a scripture passage to pray with every prayer period. I was given this passage from St. John and in my prayer, I felt the Lord asking me to put … Continue reading Do You Love Me?