Fear of the Unknown

Over the month of October, I wanted to write a really good, scary, short-story. However, against all my efforts, I could not think of any way to write a meaningful story with fear. The day after Halloween (All Saints Day), I began to think more: how do I portray a...

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A New Beginning

Hello, I am Steve Bertonazzi. I am a seminarian in my first year at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. I am in the Pre-theology 1 class. I have thought about the priesthood since I was in seventh grade. I had been an altar server for three years at...

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Keep Watch

One thing that happens when new routines form is becoming adjusted to them. This can be good in terms of being prepared for our day and what lies ahead. However, there is a need for caution to not simply go with the motions. In all that we do, it is...

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November: The Month of Holy Souls

Like many parishes, the seminary offers the opportunity to pray for our departed friends and loved ones in a special way during this month. I have a friend who died in 2008 who I would like to remember this month. He has helped me a lot in my vocation. Maybe...

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There Was No Doubt In Mary

In the seminary before the night ends we always pray the ‘Salve Regina’. ‘Salve Regina’ is Latin and means ‘Hail Holy Queen’. I still remember hearing this sacred hymn for the first time. I was on retreat at St. Alphonso in Long Branch before entering the seminary at Saint Andrews...

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A Shift in Priorities

It is no secret that, anthropologically speaking, every human being longs for happiness. It is, after all, how we’re wired. People want to feel good, and will do whatever they can in order experience exciting, uplifting, or satisfying feelings. In fact, one can even argue that every single decision a...

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Peace of Heart

Currently I am reading a book written by Father Jaceques Philippe titled Searching for and Maintaining Peace “A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart.” Father Philippe is a great spiritual writer who wrote a book titled Time for God which I would recommend to anyone beginning or struggling with their...

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What Does A Priest Do All Day?

What does a priest do on Monday through Friday? Do they sleep in the church? Are they ever allowed to be out of uniform? Back in June, I began my Pastoral Year at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Gibbsboro. A Pastoral Year has been described as a “year of...

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