11 So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the … More I just need a sign…
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
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
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
Before I entered the seminary, I was a Broadcast Journalism major at a public university. It was the only thing I ever wanted to be when I was growing up. I remember flipping through my old 3rd grade journal during my senior year of high school and reading my old dreams and aspirations. For the … More Public Person
Fundamentally, this question drives everything we do. From our political views to how we interact with others. Our identity is the basis of who we are as an individual and how we understand it affects the way we pray. I’ll start. I am a son, a brother, and a seminarian. I have a rural upbringing with … More Who Am I?
Celibacy is a gift and a privilege. When was the last someone said that to you? What if I told you that was true? Being in seminary, I get asked a lot of personal questions. What do your parents think of you becoming a priest? Are the studies hard? What are the other seminarians like? … More Where is your heart?
What does it mean to be a father? A standard definition of an ideal father is that he acts as a leader, protector, and provider. In a perfect world, seeing these traits would be more common than they actually are. Growing up, I remember waking up for school just as my dad was leaving for … More Father knows best
Every man, woman, and child are called to love. It’s the way we are made. Just look at the misappropriation of this natural desire on television, movies, and music. The rampant sexual immorality that surrounds our culture is due to the misdirection of this desire to love one another and be loved by them. But … More To love deeply, or love broadly?
Recently, Pope Francis released a document about seminary formation and the value of a vocation. I don’t see any new ground being broken, but it’s a good “bird’s eye view” of the vision of seminaries in the eyes of Rome. The Gift of the Priestly Vocation Peace. About the author