Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God – A Reflection on Communion Calls

St. Paul says that we are to be regarded as “the servants of Christ and the stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1)   I’m reminded of one of the readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, I think it is from Romans, but the line says: “He whom you serve is theContinue reading “Servants of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God – A Reflection on Communion Calls”

“Beauty as Criteria for Choosing Music for Catholic Worship” – My Senior Thesis

The following has been long coming, but it is my Senior Thesis on “Beauty as Criteria for Choosing Music for Catholic Worship” In it, I examine how we define beauty, beauty as a thing of God, and then how we apply beauty as Criteria for choosing the music we use in the Liturgy. This paper was inspired by my love of beauty, of music, the Liturgy, and also of my desire to post things on my blog that will help us in more closely walking the Way of Beauty. For, “if ugliness is imprisonment, beauty is a kind of liberation.”

“Behold Your Mother” – A Lenten Reflection

Below is the video of the Lenten Reflection, which I gave to my brother seminarians at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis this evening. This is the third in a series of Lenten Reflections, which our senior class gives each year on the 7 Last Words of Christ. May our Blessed Mother intercede forContinue reading ““Behold Your Mother” – A Lenten Reflection”

John Henry Newman on Liturgical Reverence – Re-Post

Today is the feast of Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman, here’s a post about Newman and his idea of “Liturgical Reverence” from the National Catholic Register a few years ago. Read it, you’ll be glad that you did! The great English convert and Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was convinced that the issue ofContinue reading “John Henry Newman on Liturgical Reverence – Re-Post”

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”

“That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward

For the Feast of Pope St. Pius X: Originally written for Dr. Katharine Harmon’s History of the Catholic Church in America Class on 11-21-14. I enjoyed writing this piece on how Pope St. Pius X’ document Tra Le Sollecitudini was interpreted and engaged here in America, specifically by Justine Ward, who founded an amazing way of teachingContinue reading ““That All Might Sing” – My Paper on Pope St. Pius X’ paper on Church Music and the Chant Method of Justine Ward”

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”

Active Participation in the Liturgy: Misunderstood, and Full of Love

Here is my paper that I wrote for Moral Theology on how the Roman Canon (Euchristic Prayer I) leads us to love how Christ loves. I also discuss how Active Participation (though somewhat misinterpreted after the council) in the Liturgy is most closely related to the Eucharistic Prayer. (A Benedict XVI/Cardinal Ratzinger idea) I REALLY enjoyedContinue reading “Active Participation in the Liturgy: Misunderstood, and Full of Love”

How Make a Wish and a Bishop helped an 11 year old boy be a “priest for a day.”

Reposted from: http://stlouisreview.com/article/2015-04-02/priest-day-wish-came Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches. When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of those things but had no request at all. “He didn’t want anything,” explainedContinue reading “How Make a Wish and a Bishop helped an 11 year old boy be a “priest for a day.””