Social communications in today’s captivity

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the ceremonial start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 theses against the Catholic Church onto the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther would later pen a stinging treatise – “On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” – against the errors […]


Turn, Turn, Turn

It’s October at St. Charles. Warm summer days spent at the beach are now solidly in the realm of memory, at least for a few months. The leaves are starting to show a bit of color. It’s a time of change. In contrast, seminary life, it would seem, remains predictable. This being my fourth year […]

Priesthood: Not a Job for the Past

Good Evening! On this night when we gather in support of the Seminary’s mission, I thought it might be helpful to remind ourselves what that mission is. Pope Benedict XVI several years ago wrote a beautiful letter to seminarians around the world. I was not a seminarian yet – I was still an undergraduate at […]

Ojo de la Tormenta

La Fe en el Ojo de la Tormenta/Faith in the Eye of the Storm

Con los recientes acontecimientos que están pasando en nuestro mundo, decidí reflexionar sobre un par de cosas: Desafortunadamente, cuando nos encontramos en situaciones en las cuales las cosas se salen de nuestras propias manos y nos sentimos impotentes al no poder resolver los problemas, ahí es únicamente cuando salimos corriendo tras la misericordia y la […]

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Angelic aid to counter “fake news”

As is customary, the theme for the next World Day of Social Communications is made known on today’s feast of the three archangels (September 29).  With the mighty ministrations of heavenly messengers, the theme appears to have a celestial character while it focuses on a profound human need. That theme – “’The truth will set […]


Taking a stand on language

Weighing in on the controversy du jour, this post isn’t about racism or patriotism, about athletes or presidents, or even about Francis Scott Key’s song.  In all the hullabaloo about the Star-Spangled Banner, there seems to be a more basic disconnect — over the language we use. President Trump has thrown down another proverbial gauntlet […]


La Verdadera Identidad del Cristiano/The true identity of the Christian

La Verdadera Identidad del Cristiano “Muchos piensan de manera diferente, se sienten diferente, procuran a Dios o encuentran a Dios de manera diferente. En esta multitud, esta variedad de religiones solo haz una certeza que tenemos para todos: ‘Somos todos hijos de Dios.” Papa Francisco. La palabra cristiano señala a una persona que ama y […]

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