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I’m a Benedictine Priest

I am overwhelmed with emotion right now. Two weeks have gone past since the Holy Father announced his abdication of the papacy, under his own free will. The conversation for most the following to weeks was can he? how? what now? kind of questions.

It was not until this morning as I celebrated a votive mass for the election of a pope and I was praying for Benedict XVI that the power of his abdication hit me. I had considered myself a JP II priest. I first discerned the priesthood under his papacy. I was deeply inspired by his Theology of the Body, even though I understood it only nascently. I was deeply moved by his death and his beatification both of which during difficult times in my life.

As I write this post though, I realize the depth of me being a Benedictine priest. My priesthood is so much influenced by his. My foray, my movement into social media was spurred by my reading of Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. That document was revolutionary for me as a person, as a Christian, as a Catholic, as a seminarian, and now as a priest. I was so inspired and so awestruck by it; I was interiorly moved to spread the word about. So I signed up with Blogspot, put up a quote and reflected on its implications. So my blogging began.

I find myself as a preacher being inspired by the way Pope Benedict preached. I agree with George Weigel that he was one of the great pope preachers, returning to power of the Church Fathers, both in language and in clarity. I desire to speak from the heart, cor ad cor loquitor, just as he did, both from my own heart but also from the heart of  the Church.

Furthermore, it was through his love of the liturgy that I fell in love with the beauty and magnificence of the liturgy. I am convinced through his words and through his actions that much of the new evangelization lies in celebrating the mass well, with devotion, with care, with piety, with power, and with love. So that is what I attempt to do.

Thank you Holy Father for your service as a theologian, as a priest, as a bishop, as a cardinal, and now as the vicar of Christ on earth. I am indebted to your influence for the way in which I live out my priesthood.

About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.

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