Jesus’ Loving Encounter

This semester I get to take a whole class on just one passage from the Gospel: Jesus and the Woman at the Well. The theme of the class is about how this interaction was a perfect example of Jesus revealing who He truly is. Jesus is the merciful God who...

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Hope and the Priesthood

Hope is a special virtue, a gift from God, which allows the Christian to unite to Christ even distress or suffering. Although we cannot see God, we believe His presence, believe that He is guiding us which spurs us to remember the promise Christ made after His Resurrection: He will...

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Joy

How are you feeling today? Happy, sad, tired, somewhere in between? As Christians, one of the most attractive parts of our faith is the fruit of the Holy Spirit called joy. Joy comes from God, flowing from our relationship of love, of a personal relationship between the living God and...

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Change/Transition

Every person in their lifetime goes through many changes and transitions, from one stage of life to another. We journey from grade school to middle school and then to high school, meeting new friends and developing deeper relationships along the way. The more we mature, the more our friendships and...

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Praying with St. Ignatius

A few weekends ago we had a retreat at the college seminary. A Jesuit priest came and directed us, taking us through several Ignatian mediations. St. Ignatius was a famous 16th century saint, who experienced a great conversion to Christ while recovering from battle. Instead of seeking to battle against...

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All About That Grace

It’s easy to see that living a devout Christian life is not a normal thing. Even more so, following Jesus’ call to priesthood is a unique call. We hear the phrase “counter-cultural” often describing this Catholic way of living: choosing to do what pleases God rather than what society perceives...

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Prayer & Silence

Prayer is a necessary component of every Christian’s life. For men discerning or being formed to be priests, prayer is our pathway for growing closer to the Lord and discovering what God is asking us to do with our lives. There are many different types of prayer in which we...

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The Obvious Choice

My name is Peter Gallagher and I am a second year college seminarian attending the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall, on the campus of Seton Hall University. I live in Haddon Township and my parish is Christ the King. I can remember as early as...

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