Yes, I Choose You God

This past Saturday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation. While I was at Mass, the celebrant delivered a great homily to the congregation, but I would like to highlight two words that this priest spoke about. The two repetitive words this priest repeated again and again were “presence” and...

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Lenten Discernment

Well, I don’t know about you but it is hard for me to believe that we are already half way through the season of Lent. Lent is the forty days that the Church journeys through together, partaking in the three famous attributes of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Each year we...

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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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The Star of the Sea

Loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, have pity on us poor...

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My Greatest Example

First of all, I extend a respectful and warm greeting in Christ Jesus and the Exalted Queen of Heaven to you and your respected families. I want to start by saying that it is an honor for me to make known something about myself and my experience in Christ. I...

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My Path to Serve

I was always trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I got older. When I met the priest at my parish in Williamstown, he explained to me what a priest does. Through these discussions with him, I eventually felt the desire to be a priest. But, when...

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Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry

The first time I gave any real thought about my religion was around 12 years old. Before then, I went to church with my family at, Mater Ecclesiae church in Berlin. I did not care much about my faith and did not look forward to going to Mass. It was...

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As We Await the Blessed Hope

Advent is a season of paradoxes. On the one hand, it is a penitential season in which we work to break down anything that keeps us from drawing ourselves closer to God. At the same time, it is a season of joy in which Christians throughout the world eagerly await...

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Daily

As I continue my third year of formation at St. Andrew’s Seminary, I realized that my understanding of vocation has changed gradually each year in a better way. Before entering seminary, I would hear the word vocation and associate it with the word call in regards to the word job...

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