When’s the last time you peed-in-your-pants-laughed, a great time in life?

Some guy put a few clips together with Navy Seal guy David Rutherford giving a bit of instruction. I like it. I like it a lot. Draw the analogies with your own life, whatever your circumstances happen to be.

For instance, he mentions being mentored and mentoring, a huge part of the daily life of any priest who takes his priesthood seriously with not only spiritual direction and confession, but also just guys of like mind getting together, which is important. This past week I had a lot of days like this entire speech, which I so much enjoyed I just about had a pee in my pants laugh with a bunch of great guys who likewise erupted into pretty intense spontaneous laughter as we, of course, went on solving all the problems in the Church and world. Not levity, this. No. Just really good times. I love being a priest. One of the guys is on a very fast track to getting the nod by the Combat Applications Group (Delta Force). Really great guys. We’ll be keeping in contact.

Again, there’s much here that is applicable to everyone’s life, even if… even if… we are no longer in good health as the years have slipped by, even if circumstances in life have had our friends not only abandon us but betray us, even if God Himself seems distant and that we are being smacked down so that it seems our very bones are being crushed, as the psalmist says. This is what all the saints go through, and at such times it is our guardian angels who come to the fore, Jesus Himself, our Blessed Mother, heaven itself. Quite the team, that. And the fire of the Holy Spirit inflames.

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3 responses to “When’s the last time you peed-in-your-pants-laughed, a great time in life?

  1. sanfelipe007

    “You can’t wander aimlessly around and expect to achieve anything.”

    That’s a keeper. Unfortunately, I have too many days (is this how shut-ins are made?) where that is true of me – when I “take a day off” from life. Like today. How fortunate I am to receive this much needed “kick in the pants” to get out of the house and at least let the Lord put me in the path of some one on the street whom I can help. If we are the arms, legs, and body of Christ, how cruel of us to imprison Him once again when we refuse to participate in the mystery of the Visitation.

    Thank you for this post, Father, I am heading out of the house to exercise my apostolate.

  2. sanfelipe007

    Way off topic, but I was unsure of the spelling of “apostolate” since it flagged the spellcheck subroutine which lacked the word in its database. A quick online search found no links to definitions or spellings, but this link caught my eye (yes, it is the huffington post which I shun):
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-amodeo/courage-apostolate-for-lgbt-catholics_b_1186725.html
    A paragraph from that link:
    “As a gay Catholic, what saddens me about Courage is that it associates human sexuality with fear and views homosexuality as a “struggle” that needs to be overcome. By presenting homosexuality in this way, Courage poses a challenge to human dignity and creation itself. In light of this, Deacon Robert Pallotti of the Archdiocese of Hartford maintains “that a person’s orientation is not wrong,” he says that what is wrong is “how [LGBT people] act on it sexually.” It is almost as if Deacon Pallotti and Courage perceive LGBT people as “less human” than heterosexual people by denying them the ability to love their partners in expressive forms that allow two people to unite their lives in an intimate way. Perhaps what Deacon Pallotti fails to witness is that being gay, as described by Rev. Ed Bacon, ‘is a gift from God.’ ”
    O.K., I am outta here. No more net for me today. I will say a Rosary for you Father, and for Father Gordon.

  3. Thanks for reminding us (me) that being smacked down and feeling crushed is something that all the saints go through. What encouragement! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that important fact but fall into feeling sorry for ourselves instead.
    It is so nice to read that there are priests who love being priests. God bless each and everyone of you for your faithfulness.

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