Hope in the Middle of a Pandemic

When I first heard of the coronavirus I did not think too much of it. Then, I gave up technology for lent. So I simply lived, prayed, and studied. I found much peace away from all the news and social media. These are places where everyone is yelling at you...

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Sharing God’s Love and Mercy

The St. Andrew’s College Seminary community recently had our spring retreat which focused on the story of the prophet Jonah. The leader of our retreat, Fr. Robert Williams, began by asking us to look at our own “yes” as we reflected on Jonah’s journey of discernment to saying yes to...

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Prayer in Everyday Activities

As seminarians, we are encouraged to spend some time everyday in what we call spiritual reading. The purpose of this is to lift up our minds and our hearts to God by reflecting on the writings of saints, popes, well renowned catholic authors, etc. We do not use this time...

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A Journey Towards Happiness

Perhaps, sometimes God appears to be far away from our faith, so much that we may ignore how intimate and profoundly He is connected to our humanity. This weakness in my faith, for a long time, was impeding me to be fully receptive and sensitive to the apparent signs coming...

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God Loves Us But Do We Love Him?

Have you ever thought about how much God loves us? It’s incredible once you think about. This past Sunday, the priest used Eucharistic Prayer IV. Eucharistic Prayer IV, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful prayers of the liturgy. Throughout the prayer, Holy Mother Church address God the...

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Connected to the Saints

The Saints are a very integral part of our faith. They are those that have gone before us, that show us how to live a life united with Christ, emulating the virtues of faith, hope and charity. Saints are people that we can look up to, because just like us,...

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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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