Fr Byers is escaping his priesthood


Seen a gazillion feet up along the top of the mountain chain roads on Communion Calls. It’s all so very beautiful that it must be an escape from reality!

As long time readers know, I remain always fascinated with Mountain Life, perhaps because I feel at home, perhaps because I grew up this way. I love everything about nature, and I love that Jesus goes after all of us everywhere who have a fallen human nature, whether in city or country, on whatever continent in whatever culture or language or politics. What’s there that is not priestly about wanting to be part of that in whatever way in whatever place? But that bit about escaping the real drama of the priesthood is the judgment I hear frequently enough from some priests and some laity, that I am somehow misplaced in this paradise, that I have unused and even buried talents, blah, blah, blah. It is to laugh.

I wonder if the attitude behind such statements betrays a certain prejudice against those who live in these backsides of the beyonds. The locals are absolutely amazing, each a treasure in God’s eyes, entirely having histories with which I am already familiar with coming from a place very much like here. All the good things. All the bad. And those who are not local, oh my, so many of them I wouldn’t say are somehow more special, but so many of them do have rather, shall we say, unique backgrounds, having some of the most unique talents one would ever find anywhere, including all that which regards science, communications, military, intelligence services, finance and, yes, crime at very refined and very non-refined levels.

So, if it’s the not the area, not the locals, not the transplants, then what would it be that would have people say frequently enough that I am somehow escaping my priesthood or, diversely, that I am misplaced? Perhaps it is the opposite of what people might themselves expect.

Here’s the deal: I love it here, as I love being a priest everywhere and in every way. Not all priests are like that and perhaps it is refreshing to see that, so refreshing that it is somehow held to be something special about yours truly as a priest, so much so that I must not really belong here because that attitude is so unusual and so useful. But, I protest, loving the priesthood is just the normal Father Joe Schmoe priest thing, isn’t it? Aren’t all priests to be that way? And isn’t that something that has to do not with any particular priest, particularly me, but with Jesus the High Priest Himself? He’s the One. He’s the only One.


Filed under Priesthood, Vocations

9 responses to “Fr Byers is escaping his priesthood

  1. Father George David Byers

    @ nancyv — the bishop says he puts his very best priests in the city and in the country and in the mountains and… ;-)

  2. You make us happy and hopeful because you are so joyful in your priesthood!

  3. nancyv

    What a beautiful (and charitable) way to say you are happy being a bondservant for Christ! The reason you are where you are is not evident to us, only God. (any other reason would make it seem like someone else has power over you. hummmph)

  4. sanfelipe007

    I recall Judas’ admonition to Mary Magdalene; “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred shillings, and given to the poor? ” Your cohort must think of you as “wasted.” How ironic.

  5. nancyv

    you have a very good and holy bishop for sure. (I wasn’t referring to him in my previous comment)

  6. Father George David Byers

    We priests are just the instruments of The Priest at the consecration. He has mercy on us.

    Anyway not a gotcha. This is actually said although most recently it was not a priest but intimated by my internet stalker guy.

  7. joisygoil

    Another of your ‘gotcha’ posts, eh? Those of us who have followed you for awhile aren’t shocked by the titles anymore – just intrigued.
    Your statement that not all priests love being priests is something I have observed. Thankfully not often. I always imagined that being a priest would be the most amazing thing anybody could do. I know there are hardships, and trials but aren’t the the special graces from ordination there to carry you through?
    If I may ask, (this probably sounds silly but it is asked in all sincerity) – It is physically demanding to do the consecration? Is it an emotionally charged moment? I can’t imagine how amazing it must be. (and how lucky you are to be chosen – by none other than God Himself. Wow.

  8. sanfelipe007

    Here are some post titles I would like to see:
    “This weird trick gets you into heaven.”
    “Pelosi goes to confession. You won’t believe what happened next!”
    “Bishop had no idea why everyone was staring at him.”

  9. sanfelipe007

    I would pay money to have Father George write a post under the following title: Priest and Satan trapped in confessional: “I thought I would never get out of there!”

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