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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The Way

I recently began reading The Way, by St. Josemaria Escriva. This book provides short points on how one should advance their spiritual lives and how their overall dispositions as people should be. Point number 18 out of 999, says “You go on being worldly, frivolous and giddy because you are...

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The True Courage Needed to be a Christian

To be a faithful follower of Christ, you need courage. We need the courage to deny ourselves and the courage to allow God to grow in us. The denial of ourselves is a crucial part of being a follower of Christ. Participating in the life of God and allowing Him...

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God’s Love Transcends Time and Space

A verse that I have been meditating on these past few weeks is Luke 22:39-46: “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a...

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Holy Hour

Sunday’s tend to be busy here at the college seminary at Saint Andrew’s Hall. Among the many things we have on Sunday, it all wraps up at 8:00pm with a Holy Hour. Exposition and Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament allow us to bring all our cares and anxieties...

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Living in the Midst of Longing

A few weeks ago, Joseph Cardinal Tobin of Newark gave the seminarians at Immaculate Conception Seminary a day of recollection in preparation for Advent and Christmas. In one of his conferences, he spoke about how we are “living in the midst of longing.” During the weeks leading up to Christmas,...

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Marathon

Earlier this semester, I ran the Atlantic City Marathon, which was my first marathon. I have always enjoyed running, and when I first signed up for the race, my intentions were almost entirely human. It was just another cool accomplishment to cross off of my bucket list. As I continued...

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Friendship

Last week the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). St. Andrew holds a special place in the hearts of many of the seminarians of the Camden Diocese, myself included, as many of us attend or are alumni of St. Andrew’s Hall. To celebrate St. Andrew’s...

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Summer Pastoral Assignment

This past summer I was blessed to have a summer pastoral assignment at Notre Dame de la Mer in Wildwood, NJ. It was great to be out of the classroom at the seminary and put into real life situations at the parish. During the summer I was blessed to lead...

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