On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest out for a beer.
Okay, St. Hopswald wasn’t real, but your priest is real. Priests are people too, and they enjoy socializing over good food and drink as much as anyone. They also have a thankless and difficult job, a job that we couldn’t get to heaven without. Priests are the lifeblood of the Church, and they deserve some appreciation.
So with that in mind, I would challenge you to do something concrete to show appreciation to your priest on September 9th. Yes, it could be taking him out for a beer, or it could be inviting him over to share dinner with your family. Be creative if you want, but give back to your priest somehow, and let him know that his ministry is making a difference.
Even if you can't do it today, most of the priests I know would appreciate the gesture any day.
:-) We just got a new pastor and associate. Still trying to get used to Asian faces attached to Spanish names. The country cooking ladies need to learn some Phillipino recipes.ReplyDelete
I've heard lots of stories about parish cooks and priests; there's often an interesting "oops" or two. The Indian priest who thought hot dogs were actual dogs... Or the Hispanic cook who served hamburgers for Friday lunch in Lent...Delete
BTW, glad to see your chemo is going well! Been praying for you.
Our last two Priest abstained from alcohol, darn it.ReplyDelete
I've not known that sort of priest. :-)Delete