05 December 2008


Please keep me in prayer this weekend. . .I received some news yesterday that has shaken me a bit. . .nothing tragic or earth-shattering. . .just some developments that might require some adjustments in plans.

These recent developments along with an interpersonal conflict, a difficulty with my medical insurance, a recurring temptation against my vows (no, not that), and a problem sleeping more than a few hours a night have left me scattered, testy, and open to more and more spiritual malaise.

In other words, business as usual. Pray hard.

[UPDATE: I just got a clear message from You Know Who that I am not capable of charitable discourse right now, so no posts this weekend. Not until I can get my act together.]


  1. You'll be in my prayers this weekend.

  2. Father, I will pray for you for sure. In the meantime, try to get more rest and lot of sleep. :)

  3. Dear Father, We will definitely keep you in our prayers. Sorry you are having a hard time. By the way, have you thought of fasting on bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays? It might turn the tide in your favour and/or help you to do what you need to do more with more Peace and assurance of God's Will for you.

    God bless,

  4. You're up to the top of my prayer list for the week, for what good it'll do you.

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  6. David, S.J.10:58 PM

    I'll be sure to keep you in my prayers, father.

  7. remembering you in our prayers.

  8. Dear Father,
    I shall keep you in my prayers in this time of trial.
    God bless.

  9. Anonymous11:12 AM

    Since being scattered and testy is an accurate summation of this week for me (maybe too mild), I'd be happy to pray for you.

    When you have the opportunity to answer reader questions again, can you explain all the pictures I've seen of priests not touching a monstrance with their bare hands. I assume it's about reverence, but I look with the eyes of a mom to small children and worry about dropping. (A vocabulary lesson would be useful too).


  10. lois in Indy1:14 PM

    Just found this and will surely have you in my prayers. lois

  11. Father, you will definitely be in my prayers. I hope things work out.

    Regarding the question about the Monstrance, I've heard that the reason the Priest does not touch it with his bare hands, but uses a humeral veil (spelling?) during Benediction is to emphasize that it's Jesus blessing the congregation, not the Priest himself.

  12. Philippians 4:6-7, Father Philip.
    You are continually in my prayers.

    benfischer: yes, 'humeral' is the correct spelling -- as in humerus --> 'funny' bone --> arm bone.

    More on the humeral veil: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07542b.htm

  13. Praying for you.

    My very sick little doggie could use some wicked good prayers, too. She is quite ill... Thanks

  14. Kathleen6:13 AM

    You're in my prayers, too, Father.

  15. Fr. Philip,
    With special prayers for you (thanks to 'aspiring' for letting us know)... I will also post this on my blog, A Tribute to Our Priests.

    God bless you abundantly, Fr. Philip!

  16. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Father, as a fellow member of the "scattered and testy club", you definitely have my prayers! God bless you!

    Patricia Gonzalez