Mar
22

Episode 26: Saving Ourselves from the Damage of (Virtual) War

Saving Ourselves from the Damage of (Virtual) War by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 18, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about Great Lent in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and about how the Lenten disciplines - and especially the Prayer of St. Ephraim - can protect Read more…

Mar
14

Preaching Better – Practical Suggestions for Homilists

One of the complaints made against priests is that their homilies are largely a waste of time.  Personally, I think that a good portion of the blame for this lays with the hearer (e.g. lack of preparation, inability to focus, unrealistic expectations), but there is LOT of room for improvement on the Read more…

Mar
13

Episode 25: Training the Whole Mind—Gut, Brain, and Heart

Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 13, 2017 In this episode Fr. Anthony offers ancient advice for understanding and loving others, even those with whom we are (or seem to be) at war. He Read more…

Mar
10

Episode 24: A conversation with Fr. Gregory Jensen on Personality Types and the Priesthood

Personality Types and the Priesthood by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 10, 2017 In this episode Fr. Anthony Perkins and Fr. Gregory Jensen have a conversation about how a person's personality type (e.g. extravert vs. introvert) affects their priestly service. This Read more…

Feb
27

Two reasons priests love the Rite of Forgiveness

On this, the first day of Great Lent, I ask your forgiveness for all I have done, both in ignorance and intention, to harm you. God forgives and I forgive! ******* Every morning we all pray these or similar words; Lord, save and have mercy on those whom I have offended or scandalized Read more…

Feb
25

Episode 23: Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession

Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  February 24, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony expresses how much he looks forward to having his old friend hunger back around, laments the lack of discernment Read more…

Feb
03

Advice for priests who feel sorry for themselves (from St. Leo the Great)

I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain an upcoming procedure was sure to inflict.  In Read more…