Did you know that this coming Monday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest out for a beer.
Okay, if you’re getting suspicious by now, there’s a good reason. Buy a Priest a Beer Day is not a real holiday. But I would argue that it should be!
Believe it or not, priests are real people, and they enjoy socializing over good food and drink as much as anyone. They also have a thankless and difficult job, a job that we couldn’t get to heaven without. Priests are the lifeblood of the Church, and they deserve some appreciation.This sounds like a movement I can get behind. So, I'll make this offer right now, if you're a Catholic priest in my local area, get in touch. The beer is on me. If you're a factory beer drinker, and I can't convince you otherwise, I'll even buy you that "beer." I'll offer it up.
Actually, even if Monday doesn't work out, the offer is open ended. I'm always up for raising a pint with the good and holy priests I've come to know. Cheers!
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