8 years down. One to go. All is Grace.

8 years ago today I started Seminary at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary. A lot has changed since then. I’ve come to know who I am as a beloved Son of God, gained some weight 😬😉, traveled through world, experienced the mercy and love of God working in the lives of his people and throughContinue reading “8 years down. One to go. All is Grace.”

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”

“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”

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”

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”

Holy Land Pilgrimage – Final Thoughts

Words cannot express how blessed I have been over the past week. Getting to walk in the Footsteps of Christ, from his humble birth in the cave stable in Bethlehem to his ministry along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to his entry into Jerusalem, and his cruel death upon the Cross. Finally experiencingContinue reading “Holy Land Pilgrimage – Final Thoughts”