The Rock

Over Spring break this year I was blessed to have the opportunity to take a pilgrimage with my class over to the “Eternal City.” This was my first time to Rome and I was completely blown away. After our arrival we were given an hour to get ourselves together before...

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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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Knowing the Shepherd

There is a story of a man who was hosting a dinner at his home for a few friends. In the middle of the meal, he asked one of his friends, a Shakespearian actor, to entertain the rest of the guests. The actor, true to his artistic form, thrilled the...

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Serving at the Altar

I first altar served Mass on Easter Sunday in 2001. Since that time, I have served Mass countless times, not only Sunday Mass at my parish but various Masses at the seminary, for special events and pilgrimages, even once for the pope! However, this past Sunday, March 1, I took...

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Leading Up To Ordination

This past week I was on retreat at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown. Once a year seminarians are required to make a retreat but for me this retreat was different. My retreat was what is known as a Canonical Retreat. This is a retreat required by Canon Law for those...

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Prayer: My New Language

Many of the priests at school tell me that prayer is similar to learning a new language. They say this because it takes a lot of practice and discipline to finally understand how the Holy Spirit wants us to pray. My prayer life before the seminary was not the greatest...

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Another Band of Brothers

The dramatic World War II series, “Band of Brothers,” told the story of Easy Company, part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101 Airborne Division. The story begins with them in 1942 at jump school, as they learn how to become paratroopers. The story follows them through many...

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The Holy Rosary

The Rosary is something that I grew up saying with my family every single night. My mother would call us all in the living room around 7:30 pm or so and we would pray as a family. To be completely honest with you, I dreaded that time because it seemed...

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You Give Freedom To My Heart

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the youth and young adult world about American Sniper, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper, which is currently out in theaters. As a disclaimer, it should be known that the Church obviously never promotes violence in and of itself, and our...

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