Happy Priesthood Sunday!

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First picture: My brother Brody, Fr. Cash and I.
Second picture myself and Fr. Baker.

Happy Priesthood Sunday yesterday to all of the priests in my life! I thought that I had published this post, but I didn’t so here it is a day late. 🙂

Happy Priesthood Sunday to all of the priests in my life, especially those who have impacted my vocation in such a large way.

There is an old statement said about priests:

“The priest is present in all aspects of our lives. For it is the priest who welcomes the soul into the family of God through the saving waters of Baptism. It is the priest who absolves the sins of the person for the first time, opening to them the graces of God. It is the priest who nourishes the body with the body of our Lord, opening them to grace and igniting a love of our Eucharistic Lord in their heart. It is the priest who joins the person to another in the sacrament of matrimony, or assists them in pursuit of orders. It is the priest who finally anoints the body and prepares the soul for death. And it is the priest who welcomes the body into the church and commends the soul to God. The priest is present at every moment of our lives, in every aspect. Let us pray for our priests and thank them for their gift of their ministry and priesthood!

To Fr. Richard Cash who first inspired me and planted the seeds of a vocation in my life, through his example of humility, love of Jesus, and sacrificial love, thank-you! I am blessed to call you a role-model and friend. You have been such an impact on not only mine, but my whole family’s lives. Thank-you for saying yes to God and the gift of your priesthood!

To Fr. Gerald Baker, my former pastor, thank you for your wisdom, your joyful leadership, your model of faith and never shrinking away from sharing the truth and the Gospel of God. Thank-you for encouraging me to strive for holiness and your support in applying for seminary. I am blessed to call you a role-model and friend. You have and continue to be a great influence in my vocation and life. Thank-you for saying yes to God and for the gift of your priesthood!!

There have been many other priests who have impacted my life in some way or another. Whether it be from their prayers, their model, wisdom, support, or bringing me the Sacraments, I am so thankful for the role that they have played in my life and their priesthood.

Thank-you to: Fr. Bruce Fogle, Fr. Greg Trawick, Fr. Larry McBride, Fr. Josh McCarty, Mons. Mark Seiker, Fr. Finnian, Fr. Mike Williams, Fr. Roy Bauer, Fr. James Wheeler OFM, Fr. James Walling CPM, Fr. Joseph Aytona CPM, Fr. Jewel Aytona CPM, and Fr. Ken Geraci CPM, Fr. John Rickert FSSP, Fr. Greg Ames,

Thank you also to those who have had and still do have a major hand in my seminary formation: Bishop William Medley, Fr. Andy Garner, Fr. Jason McClure, Fr. Bob Robeson, Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Fr. Tom Widner, Fr. Joseph Moriarty, & Fr. Jonathan Fassero.

Thank you to all of the presbyterate of my Diocese of Owensboro! Without your support of vocations and our seminarians, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you for your sacrifice and your paternal love and care!

Thank-you to Bishop John J. McRaith who confirmed me, to those priests who I do not know their name, those who are no longer of this world, and those who have slipped my mind, thank-you for the gift of your priesthood and giving your life to serve all of the people of God!

Next time you see any of these priests, or any of the priests in you own life, why not thank them for the gift of their priesthood? Pray for them each day! They need your prayers. Pray too, that God will send more laborers out into his harvest! Suggest priesthood to young men, encourage them, and never take them for granted

Update as of: 10-28-13

Fr. Bob brought up an interesting point in his homily today. We need to be supportive of priests, even if they do something that we disagree with, or they are not skilled in some area, they are still a priest , and thus deserve the same respect and love of any other one, even if they are not your favorite. Don’t try to pin them against each other, don’t compare them negatively. Just speak the truth and speak it with charity and trust. Respect your priests, pray for your priests, they are under attack in a sense more than any others. Satan hates priests, if Satan can turn people against the priest, or cause the priest to sin or commit a grave crime, and get the people to hate him because of it, not just that priest suffers, but all priests suffer. So , p;ease pray of them, respect them, love them, and encourage more of them!

Priesthood-Sunday

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers in the world, but especially to those in my life.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad; Larry Bruns. From you I get my name, my love of hands on working, my love of mowing and working outdoors,  my middle name, as well as my love of antiques. Thank-you for always being there for me and for all that you do in my life.

48071_10200919640258498_1938964509_nHappy Father’s Day to my Grandpa; Stan Musholt. From you I get my heritage, memories of the farm and travel experiences, lessons in common sense, first driving lessons (even though you never would let me drive that Bulldozer!), my strong work ethic, and the will to get things done and carry on.

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Happy Father’s Day to my Grandfather; Dale Bruns who is celebrating this day with St. Joseph, the model Father. You were always a model of a kind, gentle soul who truly cared about others. Seldom was there not a smile on your face. Thank-you for keeping our dog Maudy when we first moved to Nebraska, thank-you for your stories of the seed company, thank-you for your witness to the sacramentality and permanence of marriage in your almost 71years to Grandma. You will always be on my heart and in my mind. I love you Grandpa and miss you!

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Last but not least thank-you to those other Fathers in my life.

To my Godfather and Uncle; Tim Musholt.

Thank-you to those who have been spiritual fathers and role models to me. To Fr. Richard Cash for your love of the faith and the priesthood which you instilled in myself and my family. To Fr. Gerald Baker, my former pastor who helped show me that the only important thing in life is Heaven and for your guidance and friendship throughout the years. To Fr. Andy Garner, my former Vocation Director who instilled in me the need of being a priest for and of the people. For your friendship and guidance that you have given me in my short time in seminary. To those other priests who have impacted my life by their model of love and devotion, Fr. Josh McCarty, Fr. Freddie Byrd, Fr. Greg Trawick, Fr. Bob Robeson, Fr. Tom Widner, Fr. Pat Beidelman, Fr. James Wheeler OFM, Fr. Bruce Fogle, and many more. Thank-you for your witness and love of the Priesthood, the Faith, the Mass. Because of you I am who I am today.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all Father’s, biological and spiritual. You are great men and an inspiration to all. Keep being a man for Christ!

 

+In His Mercy,

Corey D. Bruns

Made for Love

Check out another great production from Lolek Productions.
Basilio Az Cuc, one of my diocesan brothers appears in the video, though it is primarily about his mother. This is a beautiful video and I can’t wait for the actual product to be finished. So sit back, relax and enjoy the film.

Lolek Productions is “the new face of Catholic media” and is ran by my good friend and role-model Fr. Josh McCarty of St. Joseph’s in Bowling Green. John Sohl who is in the video and did a lot of work with it, is another friend and a great guy.