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”

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: Finding beauty through change

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” Job 1:21 The above quote from Job is probably one of my favorites! The full quote includes the first part of verse 21: “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb and naked I shall go back” These words haveContinue reading “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away: Finding beauty through change”

2014: Gossip, Anger, Forgiveness, Joy, and Blessings

2014 has been a great year for sure! A year with gossip, anger, forgiveness, joy, and many blessings. Let’s make the next one even better!

It’s time’s like these that I thank God I’m in seminary!

Tonight was our senior night festivities at the Seminary. We had the meal planned out, the chefs ready to cook, and the night went off basically without a hitch. It was an absolutely beautiful celebration of our seniors, their impact on us and the seminary community and just the real fraternal and brotherly spirit atContinue reading “It’s time’s like these that I thank God I’m in seminary!”

John Paul II and his encouragement of Altar Servers

As we near the canonization of John Paul II on Sunday, I recollect on how he influenced my life. When I first started serving was under his pontificate, and I remember always being amazed at the ways in which he celebrated the Mass and the seminarians, servers, and priests who served his Masses. It wasContinue reading “John Paul II and his encouragement of Altar Servers”

Bishop Medley’s Lenten Message: The Light is on for you

I shared this on my Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago, and thought that I would share it here as well. The Light is on for You is a great opportunity that our Diocese has been participating in during the penitential season of Lent. It is an open invitation and opportunity, to go toContinue reading “Bishop Medley’s Lenten Message: The Light is on for you”

Complete Faith in God and the Deprecatory Blessing Against Pests

I was roaming through the Roman Ritual (The official book of blessings for the church) with a few friends in the Library at Marian and came across the: “Deprecatory Blessing Against Pests.” Below is the full text, read it and laugh, enjoy, and marvel at the beautiful simplicity and faith in God. Something that seemsContinue reading “Complete Faith in God and the Deprecatory Blessing Against Pests”

St. Stephen and the “Bloody Octave of Christmas”

A blessed feast of St. Stephen to you all! St. Stephen is the patron saint of the Cathedral and Diocese of Owensboro, KY. He was the first martyr of the early Christian church, and was also a deacon. His death (by stoning) is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, having been witnessed by SaulContinue reading “St. Stephen and the “Bloody Octave of Christmas””

O Emmanuel!

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domines, Deus noster. O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people: Come and set us free, Lord our God. Lectionary Cycle: Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. O Emmanuel, ourContinue reading “O Emmanuel!”