Saint Joseph and Self Gift

The Catechism of the Church tells us much of the sacrament of marriage: “Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love.” (CCC...

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The Spiritual Life in Light of Sports

Back in the day—Yeah, I said it, “back in the day,” (I guess I am getting old after all!)—Anyway, there was once a time where I lived to play ice hockey. I ate, slept, and breathed ice hockey. I played 365 days a year, and when I was not on...

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Hoops and Lenten Hopes

As I was heading downstairs one night to write this blog entry, I ran into a priest and another seminarian. The priest smiled and asked if I was going to our seminarian intramural basketball game. It was the last game of a tough season. Though our team played with heart,...

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Retreating with Christ

The commotion of daily life can be very overwhelming and consuming at times. Our society today is so focused on the use of technology and keeping everything at a very fast pace. With this being said, it can be easy to lose sight of what is most important in this...

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Jesus: He Just Can’t Stop Shining!

During this past semester, I took a class on the Gospel of John, the Letters of John and Revelation. It was one of my favorites: learning about the very St. John who was Jesus’ closest friend, the only Apostle at the cross, and who was instructed to take Mary into...

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Blessings of the New Semester

The Spring semester has begun and is almost a month old. I have six classes again this semester, of which Johannine Literature is my favorite. This class explains the writings of St. John the Evangelist, including his Gospel, his three letters and Revelation. I am so fortunate to have professor...

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Truth, Evolution, and Faith

When a person seriously thinks of the reality of existence, he is open to multiple facets of coming to understand truth; such as literature, poetry, the scientific method, metaphors, similes, and of course the ancient teaching of parables. In the context of evolution, one might laugh at its first proposal...

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The Heart of All Struggles

The greatest lesson that I have learned in my first semester of seminary formation is that distance from God is the heart of all struggles. This fact that God is the source of all good things in my life has been very influential and motivational in the development and deepening...

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A Semester of Self-Realization

When I entered the seminary about five months ago, the first thing our rector, Fr. John Cadwick, addressed to all the new and returning seminarians about how we should cope with all that is being presented in lite of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and the abuse claims. Unfortunately, this...

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What Being a Seminarian Teaches You

Hello, my name is Christopher Abraham. I am 18 years of age and in my first year of College Seminary at St. Andrew’s Hall at Seton Hall University. As I am preparing for my second semester of college and seminary life, I look back to see what I have learned...

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