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”

“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”

Aunt Carol: A Reflection on Mary, Death, & a Story I have never told about my Vocation.

A Visit: Today, I drove my Grandma and my Mom up to Aurora, Illinois so that my Grandmother could visit her sister one last time. Aunt Carol has been struggling with several different illnesses lately, but as her breathing has gotten harder and harder, the doctors and she, think that her remaining time here isContinue reading “Aunt Carol: A Reflection on Mary, Death, & a Story I have never told about my Vocation.”

Beauty Will Save The World

“The Christian religion is all about a beauty that ‘saves’ us. For beauty is that quality in a thing which attracts us towards itself, that calls to us. It calls us out of ourselves, towards something other. The aesthetic experience is thus one of self-transcendence. If ugliness is imprisonment, beauty is a kind of liberation.”Continue reading “Beauty Will Save The World”

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”

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.””

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”

I Came That They Might Have Life… Why I March

Tuesday morning after Mass I headed to campus for my first organ lesson which went very well. (Or at least I thought so.) Then after getting back to the seminary we left for our annual March for Life pilgrimage in DC as a seminary. 12ish something hours later we made it to Gaithersburg where weContinue reading “I Came That They Might Have Life… Why I March”