Be It Done Unto Me According To Thy Word

Throughout this whole year, and especially during this Thanksgiving season, I have been thinking and praying a lot about how grateful I am for all of the blessings in my life. I have so many things to be thankful for. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, the opportunity to...

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Closing the Holy Doors

Two days ago, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as we always do on the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. This year, however, was especially important in the life of the Church because it marked the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of...

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The Call of Saint Matthew

One of my favorite Gospel passages is commonly known as the “Call of Saint Matthew.” Many people call it this for many reasons, but mostly because of the painting done by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio-and the piece is considered a masterpiece. The corresponding passage appears in all three Synoptic Gospels,...

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Visiting the Sick

Every Thursday, I head over to the Veterans’ Hospital, in East Orange, New Jersey, for my apostolic assignment. It is in this ministry that I get to visit the sick and the disabled, which is one of the many responsibilities of a priest. To me this is one of the...

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House Jobs

At seminary, we have these things called “house jobs.” Each seminarian has three. They range from things like watching the front desk to various liturgical roles. My jobs are: Chapel Librarian, MC (a simpler “behind the scenes” master of ceremonies), and Arts and Environment. Though not too complex, I have...

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Major Seminary

As many of you know, two months ago, I began my studies at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York. Just within these two months I have learned many new things including that there are squirrels with black fur; the CBS television show Madam Secretary filmed a few scenes in...

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Honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary

How lucky are we as a Church to venerate the greatest of all saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary? Every year, on these special days and during the month of May, I practice certain devotions to help me show thanks to Mary for her presence and intercession in my vocation. I...

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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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The Days of our Lives

The lives of the Saints are a great thing to read. There’s something inspirational in seeing people: with flesh and blood, sins and success, sorrows and joys- just like us, making a difference in the world- and then we look in at ourselves. Have I levitated in deep prayer recently?...

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Looking Back on World Youth Day

A few months before we left for World Youth Day in Poland, one of our organizers, Greg Coogan, gave us a presentation on what to expect when we arrived. He told us, “Be ready to be with over two million of your closest friends while in Krakow.” At first, this...

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