Ultra-clericalistic notes on the retreat. Mysterium tremendum et fascinans.

img_20181009_204643232~26310944525712038803..jpgI don’t drink at all. Because I carry. But, hey! I’m on retreat. I was still wanting to celebrate the *Justice*. So I Kaved in, so to speak.

Meanwhile, as I listen to stories of my fellow priests and share a few of my own, I am heartened at what a great diocese we have here in Charlotte. There are so many good and holy priests. Such good laity. A good and holy bishop who prays for us, has time for us. I had an hour and forty minutes with him the other day.

Our retreat director, a church history prof and a student of all things Ratzinger, is hitting all the right notes. I’ve heard only good reactions.

Meanwhile, there is all the right sort of clericalism going on, you know, besides talking shop, lots of adoration and getting guys up to speed on the Low Mass[!] For instance, tonight, before confessions, we have a super-clericalized meal planned: massive steaks, baked potatoes, wine (I might have to Kave in again).

And before us all in all this is what the retreat director has been putting before us:

Mysterium tremendum et fascinans.

When’s the last time you’ve been on a good spiritual retreat? With Confessions, Adoration, no apologies for being Catholic?


Filed under Priesthood, Vocations

8 responses to “Ultra-clericalistic notes on the retreat. Mysterium tremendum et fascinans.

  1. nancy v

    oh! and I just looked up the meaning of Mysterium tremendum et fascinans and the first thing I thought of was the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the traditional Latin – it both repells and fascinates in these times. I love it.

  2. nancyv

    Your posting has many attribretts to punder! (sorry, trying to play along)
    Glad for what sounds like a joyous retreat for you and your brother priests!

  3. janine

    Praying for you all! Had to move from the diocese recently and I so dearly miss all of the priests there. Charlotte is truly blessed.

  4. Gina Nakagawa

    Bless me, Father. I confess to being very, very jealous, but not about the steaks. I would praise the good Lord for all Eternity for the opportunity to attend such a retreat! I am really glad you had such an opportunity.

  5. Mary E

    I hope you had a good full-bodied red wine with your steak and baked potato, Father.

    • Father George David Byers

      There were good wines but I refrained. I’m just not an alcohol person. Coffee!

  6. jrpayne827

    I have wanted to live in North Carolina for years, and this sort of clinches it! I love the Charlotte area anyway. So beautiful, and a great airport. I have a few more years to work, and then…….

    God bless you, Father, and all of your brother priests.

  7. Donna Kaup

    I am so glad you all are having a wonderful retreat!!! We do indeed have the BEST Bishop and priests!!!

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