Bringing the Light of Christ to the Suffering

Recently, I had the opportunity to see the movie Outcasts, a documentary about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. This documentary can only be seen right now at special screenings, and it happened that one of these screenings was taking place right here at Seton Hall. For those who are...

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Holy Vocations

Can I be completely honest with you for a second? I am far from perfect. Yet so often in our lives, unrealistic expectations of perfection are placed upon us. They might be my own expectations for myself or expectations that others have placed upon me. My mom wrote a moving...

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Forgiveness is Key

I was perusing my bookshelf the other day and came across one called Forgiveness is Key. A few things have been said this semester that have made me think more about forgiveness. One was a seminarian who was sharing his vocation story at the discernment retreat – he said that...

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Celibacy: Gift of Joy

With the hope of being called by Bishop Sullivan to be ordained a priest this coming June, I decided to write about the gift of celibacy (the promise made at my diaconate ordination) and the joyful relationships it brings. Also, I want to mention this post comes at the suggestion...

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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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A Ministry Received

The Spring Semester is now one month old and a lot has happened. I am taking six classes again this semester. One of my classes is a Scripture class on the Pentateuch which is the first five books of the Bible. It has been very interesting and enlightening so far....

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Sin, Habit, and the Freedom of the Children of God

While reading the Confessions (Second Edition) by Saint Augustine I came across a pervasive quote about sin, “for the law of sin is that brute force of habit whereby the mind is dragged along and held fast against its will, and deservedly so because it slipped into the habit willingly”....

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The Ups and Downs of the First Semester

I can’t believe my first semester of college is done. It feels like only a month ago, my classmates and I moved into St. Andrew’s College Seminary. It’s hard to believe it was six months ago. Within those six month, I can truly say that I believe I’m where God...

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