We had the following words from Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor’s Ordination Homily in 1990 for our Catechesis and New Evangelization Class at the Seminary this week. They’re powerful, powerful words. And have been wonderful to reflect on and pray with. It’s a quick read. I encourage you to read it!
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Of O Antiphons, Passionist Nuns, and the silence of Advent…
“Everything that the church gives you to sing, every prayer that you say in and with Christ and his Mystical Body, is a cry of ardent desire for grace, for help, for the coming of the Messiah, the Redeemer.”
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 you used to be Catholic, have been re-baptized, are a protestant, etc. Read this!
A disclaimer: This is a hard subject. So first, please don’t just read part of what I have to say and then stop. Read it all. From top to bottom. Thank you! I have friends and yes, even family members who have left the Catholic Church for one reason or another. I pray each day thatContinue reading “If you used to be Catholic, have been re-baptized, are a protestant, etc. Read this!”
Can I Be A Weak Priest?
“Can you be a weak priest?” So ended a conversation I had recently with my mentor for my Pastoral Year. Both Fr. Jerry and I had stayed up way too late enjoying a drink, celebrating Easter and discussing different aspects of my time at St. Stephen Cathedral. The school year ends in just a matterContinue reading “Can I Be A Weak Priest?”
On the Day I Called for Help – Reflection on Faithfulness in the Lord’s Prayer
In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we hear: “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.” – Psalm 138 Each and every time that we invoke the name of the Lord, he answers us. It might not always be in the way which we desire him to answer, yet he is always there andContinue reading “On the Day I Called for Help – Reflection on Faithfulness in the Lord’s Prayer”
“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”
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.””
Avoiding Hypocrisy of Prayer in Seminary :: Reflections from praying Compline on Campus
Being in Seminary I tend to take things for granted. The beautiful liturgies, structured prayer time, community of men who all thirst for holiness, etc. Over time I think that it can become a sort of routine and we lose sight of what is really important and the focus of our prayer. This sense ofContinue reading “Avoiding Hypocrisy of Prayer in Seminary :: Reflections from praying Compline on Campus”
Walking along the Sea of Galilee – The first seminary for the Fishers of Men
Todays introit give us a foreshadowing of the Gospel for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time B: “The Lord walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew, and he called out to them: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And since I can’t help myself, here’s the original latinContinue reading “Walking along the Sea of Galilee – The first seminary for the Fishers of Men”