Prodigal Son

This past Sunday we heard a very powerful Gospel, which will especially hit home during this Year of Mercy. The Gospel readings came from Saint Luke where we heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son. I find this scripture passage very powerful and meaningful as a seminarian studying for the...

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Praying with St. Ignatius

A few weekends ago we had a retreat at the college seminary. A Jesuit priest came and directed us, taking us through several Ignatian mediations. St. Ignatius was a famous 16th century saint, who experienced a great conversion to Christ while recovering from battle. Instead of seeking to battle against...

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You Did It for Me

This year, I have had the great privilege of working at Missionaries of Charity’s soup kitchen in Newark, NJ for my apostolic work. It has been an amazing experience to not only be a part of the work and mission started by Mother Teresa of Calcutta but also to experience...

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Repent and Believe in the Gospel

On Ash Wednesday, many of the parishioners at my pastoral assignment were shocked to know that this was my first time ever giving out ashes! Of course, I had never had the chance before since while I was at the seminary it was always the priests on faculty who distributed...

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

One of my classes this semester is a study and practicum of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It’s an extremely important class not only because we get to practice celebrating the sacrament, but also because we study the history of the sacrament. Without going into a detailed history, what I’ve noticed...

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With a Little Help From My Friends

This past Winter Break, I was able to spend the New Year Holidays hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and West Virginia. Together with a good friend from the seminary, we hiked up and down mountains, through small towns, and across rivers. It was an amazing experience. Throughout...

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Sharing God’s Mercy

As most people probably know by now, we are currently in the midst of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy that was called by Pope Francis. This is a very special year in the Church, where our Holy Father is calling us to emulate the mercy of God in our...

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Tradition!

With the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day fast approaching, many may begin or have begun their Christmas holiday traditions. Some of these traditions may be or include baking Christmas cookies (yummy!), visiting Santa Clause for a picture, family/friends sing-alongs at someone’s house, and/or driving around to see the...

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