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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What God Dreamed for My Life

After finding many alternatives of happiness in our lives, we often face the question of whether we are doing right for our future. Alternatives that we believe promise us the true happiness are crossed in our path. Sometimes even, we invest time and effort in what apparently leads us to...

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Celibacy: A Sacrifice of Love

Once I returned for my second year of formation at St. Andrew’s College Seminary, I was reflecting on a few questions. I prayed about the question of celibacy and the “lonely life” that comes with it, or so society emphasizes on us. I prayed over the questions; What would I...

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The Hour of Love

Archbishop Fulton Sheen continually preached the importance of praying an hour with Our Lord every day in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Sheen said, “The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead but...

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He Leadeth Me

For my first book for spiritual reading this semester, I decided to read a classic called He Leadeth Me. It’s a short book, only about 200 pages, and it details the life of a Jesuit priest who decided to go to the Soviet Union in the 1940’s to minister to...

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