When Love Burns So Much It Hurts – a Poem

It’s not often that I get the chance to write “poetry.” It’s even less often than that, that I share what I write with others besides a spiritual director or close friend. This Fall, I had a rather unfortunate encounter which led me to a beautiful period of prayer. As I sat with the LordContinue reading “When Love Burns So Much It Hurts – a Poem”

These are the wounds I wish for Lord…

“These are the wounds I wish for Lord…” Wounds. We all have them. Some we don’t want. Others we try to hide and still others we can’t help but recall from time to time, if not every day. Wounds make us who we are. Wounds cut. They hurt. They go shallow and they go deep.Continue reading “These are the wounds I wish for Lord…”

If I don’t preach the Gospel, what can I ever hope to do?

We are bound by love, by the commission of our Baptism to proclaim Christ, crucified, resurrected, and alive to each we encounter! Here’s a great reflection on our duty as Christians from Blessed Paul VI, Pope. How have you proclaimed Christ today? Have you? What’s holding you back? Don’t wait! From a homily by BlessedContinue reading “If I don’t preach the Gospel, what can I ever hope to do?”

Christ should be manifest in our whole life: how to achieve Christian perfection

As I sit here on the shores of Lake Atitlan this morning, the Office of Readings this morning had provided another gem to chew on and mull over. From a treatise on Christian Perfection by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop (PG 46, 283-286) Christ should be manifest in our whole life “The life of theContinue reading “Christ should be manifest in our whole life: how to achieve Christian perfection”

Seminaries are Full of Death and Dying Men

“Hey Cemeterian Corey!” is a phrase that I will never forget one of the kindergartners in Mrs. Stringer’s class at St. Joseph in Bowling Green shouting at me as they came back inside from the playground when I was visiting them a couple of years ago. Calling a seminary or a seminarian a “cemetery” isContinue reading “Seminaries are Full of Death and Dying Men”

Masquerade (The Masks We Wear)- Reflections from Candletime and Phantom of the Opera

As most of my friends know, my favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera. In it, we find a masquerade ball that is held in the Opera Populaire to celebrate the first year of success by its’ new owners, Monsieurs Firmin and André. All of the cast, workers and patrons come and perform a danceContinue reading “Masquerade (The Masks We Wear)- Reflections from Candletime and Phantom of the Opera”

A light in the Dark – Reflections on Candle Time at camp & the Paschal Candle

Well, tonight we started our first ever duo-camp! We are running two camps at once this week. Expedition (7th-8th grade), and Quest (5th-6th). I’m working the Expedition camp and also being a staff counselor (living in the cabins with the campers) this week. It’s a camp tradition that every night after campfire we close withContinue reading “A light in the Dark – Reflections on Candle Time at camp & the Paschal Candle”

The flower of Jesse will blossom! :: Reflections on praying about my vocation at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

“A shoot will spring forth from the stock of Jesse, and a flower will blossom from his root. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him! Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord. This feast is one of my favorites especially since my pilgrimage to the Holy Land last December. OneContinue reading “The flower of Jesse will blossom! :: Reflections on praying about my vocation at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth”

Whips & Chains Excite Me :: A Reflection on 50 Shades of Grey from a Catholic Seminarian

“Before I know it, he’s got both of my hands in his viselike grip above my head, and he’s pinning me to the wall using his lips … His other hand grabs my hair and yanks down… ” What did the above quote make you think of? How about this next quote? What does it makeContinue reading “Whips & Chains Excite Me :: A Reflection on 50 Shades of Grey from a Catholic Seminarian”

Walking the Way of Beauty: Speak lord, your servant listens

Walking the Way of Beauty: a reflection on this Sunday’s first reading, one of Pope Benedict XVI’s general audiences, as well as a new design and name for my blog,