Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fr. What-a-Waste...

... I hate that phrase, by the way. It seems to imply that a good looking man is wasting his life by serving God as a priest. Truth be told, some of the most attractive [inside and out] and personable men I have ever met have been priests and seminarians. Men who could easily have any woman they want with a flash of the smile. Which makes the fact they chose to pursue the vocation of priesthood all the more amazing. You can't help but be drawn to these men, as examples of perfect & prayerful manliness. These are the young men that our youth look up to emulate.

Gaenswain is the perfect example; he radiates with joy. Practically glows. That is why so many people love to look at him. Not just because he is easy on the eyes.

There is nothing wasteful at all about this man, or any attractive devout priest for that matter. So let's put this phrase to rest, please. Thank you, that is all. You may now resume gazing upon Gorgeous Georg.

20 comments:

. said...

As I always say, I admire him beyond words. All beauty, inside and out.
...So we can imagine the beauty of angels...

margaret said...
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margaret said...

I am so glad he is not Orthodox. I am sure angels don't have beards ;)

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

And then there is the rest us; Fathers-Oh-Thank-God!

Charles said...

Kat,
There's a great deal of information in this post that I find troubling. I get it, but I'll leave it at that.
Might I suggest you view a movie about a similar "type" of priest, "True Confessions," starring Robert DeNiro as the Chancellor of L.A. in the late forties, and ponder how that dynamic of outer charisms versus the moral demands upon the ordained plays out sometimes.

Lola said...

I have always hated that term, "Father What a Waste".

I was so lucky to have really beautiful sisters and priests as I was growing up. I never thought they signed up for 'religious' life because they couldn't get a date. Besides, even the somewhat homely types, if they basked in God's presence, glowed.


Although, M. Angelica frequently said that there was a man somewhere that should be thanking God that she had a vocation.

The Crescat said...

Charles,

I am curious to know what you find objectionable.

Christopher Humphries said...

Right on the money :) *high-5*

Charles said...

Oh Kat, it's not objectionable. And your point to "do away" with the cliche is spot on.
The tenuous points for me-
*The feminist movement has succeeded in a peculiar way by leveling the playing field of objectifying human beauty in terms of external ideals. Even though you do state that Father's many other attributes are admirable and noble, you also concede that makes his attraction even more potent.
No wonder there's a great blog called "Cosmos Liturgy Sex." Now that I'm a geezer I tend to think that priests like the late great Fr. Solanus Casey are the real ideal.
*Take your post's words and then imagine them coming from the "pen" of a male gay blogger. Would the import of the post remain the same...?
I think that's about it. Please don't think I'm being critical; I, too, LOVE your honesty, your humanity, and even your blatancy.
That's why I agree with many comboxers in the modern art thread that YOU are a "catch."

joan said...

God looks only at the Heart and only God knows the motives of man.
Alot of what you say is true
but remember that Satan is the most beautiful of all the angels and when the deceiver appears he will not look ugly. He will be very appealing.

Agnes B Bullock said...

Yet another reason for conversions!!!!

Linda said...

And so we thank God for his wonderful creation. Beauty points directly to God.

Dominic Mary said...

Lola is right : look at the Novices on the Summit OP site - no-one could possibly think they became nuns because they couldn't get dates . . . they became nuns because they got the best date of all !

Laura said...

Oooh - and he's a Monsignor, right?

Okay - demonstrating profound ignorance: Who IS this?

. said...

He's the Pope private secretary, the lucky man that can stay with the Holy Father everyday, even walking in the gardens and pray the rosary with him. If you google Georg Gänswein you will read a lot about him.
And see this picture http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/07_03/GaensweinAFP2707_468x604.jpg.
Thanks be to God.

Rick said...

Why not gawk at George Clooney or someone less consecrated instead? For me, it just doesn't feel right if I think of a nun like St. Bernadette along those terms - as in "Wow what a babe"

Lola said...

I think if Mrg. G was a typical jerk with B.O., smoking cigs, kicking puppies and cussing at babies, well he wouldn't be attractive at all.

Maybe we shouldn't think of anyone along those terms, of "Wow what a babe".

Although, I can honestly say, Christian Hendricks is a babe. (If I could pour into a dress and look like she does... well maybe it's a good thing for my soul that I do not.)

Rick said...

@Lola: I think I get it. A woman appreciates more the "wholesomeness" - character, spirituality, mental acuity and emotional maturity of these men. My bad.

Charlie said...

Haha! Laura reads the Crescat too. Small world.

arnolddenita said...

Is Georg a monsinor or bishop? Excuse my spelling. He is cute.