Celibacy: Gift of Joy

With the hope of being called by Bishop Sullivan to be ordained a priest this coming June, I decided to write about the gift of celibacy (the promise made at my diaconate ordination) and the joyful relationships it brings. Also, I want to mention this post comes at the suggestion...

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Jesus’ Loving Encounter

This semester I get to take a whole class on just one passage from the Gospel: Jesus and the Woman at the Well. The theme of the class is about how this interaction was a perfect example of Jesus revealing who He truly is. Jesus is the merciful God who...

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A Ministry Received

The Spring Semester is now one month old and a lot has happened. I am taking six classes again this semester. One of my classes is a Scripture class on the Pentateuch which is the first five books of the Bible. It has been very interesting and enlightening so far....

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The Way

I recently began reading The Way, by St. Josemaria Escriva. This book provides short points on how one should advance their spiritual lives and how their overall dispositions as people should be. Point number 18 out of 999, says “You go on being worldly, frivolous and giddy because you are...

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God’s Love Transcends Time and Space

A verse that I have been meditating on these past few weeks is Luke 22:39-46: “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a...

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Holy Hour

Sunday’s tend to be busy here at the college seminary at Saint Andrew’s Hall. Among the many things we have on Sunday, it all wraps up at 8:00pm with a Holy Hour. Exposition and Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament allow us to bring all our cares and anxieties...

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Living in the Midst of Longing

A few weeks ago, Joseph Cardinal Tobin of Newark gave the seminarians at Immaculate Conception Seminary a day of recollection in preparation for Advent and Christmas. In one of his conferences, he spoke about how we are “living in the midst of longing.” During the weeks leading up to Christmas,...

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