“Brother Ass” in “The Barn” Mon-Wed


Since I am not yet today a crucified donkey (Jesus mocked in an early Roman graffito above), I may as well be like little martyr Alexamenos (thank you, little one), just another Brother Ass (thank you, Saint Francis) in “The Barn” (thank you, Saint Clare). I do not yet know that of which I speak, as I have never been to “The Barn,” though many of my fellow priests, including “The Very” know well such a heaven on earth in the midst of the ferocity of the Franciscan seraphic fire. These next three days will mark, I think, a major turning point in my life. And if that be not uncryptic enough, I recall for you another time when I was rather on edge with the concerns of Holy Mother Church while writing my thesis:

jackass for the hour

While I wrote those 750 pages of an ecclesiastical thriller novel under a pen name, I soon enough divulged my real identity, thinking this better for me and the message. And yes, that is the image of a donkey painted by an autistic boy specifically for this opus.

Anyway… I would be much obliged if you were to say a Hail Mary for me each day for the next three days, Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, that some bit of clarity regarding the one thing necessary might come my way.


Filed under Father Byers Autobiography

14 responses to ““Brother Ass” in “The Barn” Mon-Wed

  1. nancyv

    for some bit of clarity regarding the one thing necessary, we will make intercession with our Mother, but please know that you are in my prayers (I am sure I am not alone!) every single day. In the diocese of Raleigh, there is a very dedicated young woman who heads up a Cure de Ars prayer group so that every day we pray for a different diocesan priest. Myself, I have a roll call of priests. You and Fr. MacRae are on it.

  2. For sure a Hail Mary for your specific intention today, tomorrow and day-after.

  3. sanfelipe007


  4. You have been a part of the St John Vianney Novena of which this is day 5. Got you covered!

  5. nancyv – Two minds with a single thought, ditto for me. My roll call is growing and starting to sound like a litany.

    Fr. G, I have a feeling that my prayers to Sts. M,M,L,and J and St Ephram are working. Cryptic enough? By the way, is “Jackass for the Hour” available?

  6. James Anderson

    I will pray a special Hail Mary for you tonight during adoration, and on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  7. meshugunah

    Ever and always in my prayers, not just M,T, & W. So are Fr. Gordon, my pastor and many others

  8. Carmel

    Special Hail Marys on each of these 3 days added to the usual, Fr George

  9. Cathe

    Father George, I prayed for you in a rosary earlier in the day and have also offered up a Hail Mary…you are always in my prayers…God bless you Father George!

  10. S Thorfinn

    We included you ‘specially as well.

    While I would never presume to argue with the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I must say the diocese would be poorer should you take a sabbatical to pen a lengthy political thriller hinging on jury nullification. A donkey tour of the diocese in your capacity of Missionary of Mercy, on the other hand, preaching & pardoning as you go —

  11. Val

    Thank you Nancy :-). Fr., I believed we met briefly at the diaconate ordination of Philip J at St. Catherine of Siena.
    Here is a prayer for MacRae.

    Prayer for the Abused and Unjustly Accused

    O Holy Family of Nazareth, community of love of Jesus, They cried out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. Take Him yourselves and crucify Him.” (John 19)
    Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, falsely and maliciously accused by the mob, have mercy on us. Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, handed over to death by cowardly authority, have mercy on us. Jesus Christ, Sun of Justice, vindicated by your Resurrection, grant us justice.
    Father of Truth, send the light of your Holy Spirit into the darkness of every false accusation and unjust condemnation.
    Give strength to the innocent to stand firmly in truth, as you gave to Jesus, in the face of torture and death. Give courage to church and civil authorities to grant justice and due process to the innocent, in the face of the mob.
    Father of Mercy, deliver your innocent ones from evil; grant them speedy justice and vindication, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Victim and Savior. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on all innocent victims: the abused and the falsely accused.
    Follow with Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

    Many more prayers will be found here:

  12. Cathy

    Done, Father Byers! May Our Lord Jesus deliver us from the seductions, temptations and deceptions of these times – that is truly thrilling!

  13. j

    praying for you Father…

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