Rest and Reflection

Coming off a long break leads one to look back and see what they accomplished during their time off. Whether it was spent with family, friends, or doing other activities, it’s important to look back and be thankful to God for the graces that were received during that time. For...

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Defending Life, Proclaiming Hope

This Friday, hundreds of thousands of people, including many from the Diocese of Camden, will descend on Washington DC for the annual March for Life to stand up for the defense of most vulnerable and voiceless in our society, namely the preborn children who are threatened by the scourge of...

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Silence

This week, all of us who study at St. Joseph’s seminary in New York are beginning our annual silent retreat. It serves as a perfect way to prepare for a new semester after all of the craziness of finals and the hustle and bustle of Christmas time. We spend an...

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Shepherds, Priesthood and Leadership

From the time of our infancy till our death, we need people to lead us. It is sad to say, however, that sometimes it seems like our leaders focus their attention away from us and more toward sending pithy tweets, reality tv, and million-dollar book deals. I have hope that...

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The Hidden Life

Last week a friend invited me to a movie called “The Hidden Life.” It’s about an Austrian named Franz Jägerstätter who refused to take the oath of fidelity to Hitler during World War II. Many tried to talk him out of his stance knowing it would mean death for the...

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Shepherds

Have you ever wondered about the incredible role of the shepherds in the Christmas drama? Of all people, they are chosen to hear the words of the angels and run to meet baby Jesus lying in the arms of His Blessed Mother. Why them? I mean, do you know any...

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The Gift of Advent

Here at the seminary it is the time of year when the men in formation are finishing papers and preparing for exams. It can seem overwhelming and that there are not enough hours in the day but we find a way to make it through. We are also preparing ourselves...

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Transcendence of Sacred Scripture

Now let us turn our attention more particularly to the word of God. The Sacred Text specifically is not meant to simply be read on a surface level, but rather it transcends our mind and heart to the reality of God himself. It is meant to draw us into an...

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There’s So Much to Be Thankful For

People begin to listen to Christmas music at different times throughout the year, and if you are like me, then you start listening to that music on October 1st. After listening to Christmas music for a little more than two months now, I have heard Josh Groban’s song “Thankful” from...

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The Importance of Catholic School

Throughout this past semester, I have had the privilege to be assigned to the Villa Walsh in Morristown, NJ, for my apostolic assignment. The Villa Walsh is the mother house for the Religious Teachers Filippini (MPF) and also serves as the grounds for Villa Walsh Academy, which is an all-girls...

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