The Win/Win of Entering Seminary/Religious Life

The beautiful thing about discerning is that it’s a process.  You are constantly praying and walking with your formator/superior and spiritual director to determine what God is calling you to.  Because of that, entering seminary or religious formation isn’t signing on the dotted line saying you’re committing forever.  There’s no small print.  If at any … More The Win/Win of Entering Seminary/Religious Life

Discerning how to Discern

Catholics love Catholic words. We often utilize words like “Thomism” and “Canonical” without fully grasping their meaning. The Church faces greater challenges than loose vocabulary, but these Catholic buzzwords do create some fascinating problems. One such problematic word is “Discernment.” It is a rich word, full of meaning. However, since every serious Catholic has to … More Discerning how to Discern

Holy Hours

No, I’m not talking about once a week or once a month.  I’m talking about once a day. Many seminaries require a daily holy hour of their seminarians, whether in common with the rest of the house or on your own.  This was incredibly daunting to me as I entered seminary; I occasionally did daily … More Holy Hours

Genuine Masculinity

Man up! Be a man! What do these phrases often mean? They are often used to criticize men who are not living up to some standard. “You’ve been dating for how long, and you haven’t slept with her yet? Man up!” “Are you scared? Aren’t you man enough?” In today’s American culture, men are expected to … More Genuine Masculinity

Your Primary Vocation

Take a few moments and think to yourself about the question “What is my primary vocation?” If you’re on this site, you’re probably discerning a vocation to priesthood, brotherhood, sisterhood, or marriage. But before one does that, they first have to acknowledge their primary vocation in life: to be a saint. The word vocation and the name … More Your Primary Vocation