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Living in Darkness: A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-15). Do we recall the story of Moses lifting up the serpent in the desert? Similar to today’s first reading (II Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23), […]

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Want to change the world? Make your bed!

OK, OK!  If you’re a seminarian from Saint Charles Seminary reading this post, you’re saying to yourself, “OK, Deacon Brandon… what gives?!  We’ve heard this when Father Dailey preached during Forty Hours!”  Yes, it’s true.  HOWEVER, on the recommendation of Father Redcay, the pastor at my diaconate assignment, I picked up a copy of Admiral […]

Lumen Christi: Reflections on the Light in the Easter Vigil

Saint Augustine calls the Easter Vigil “the mother of all vigils,” and for great reason.  It culminates in the preeminent Day, the Day of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead: Easter Sunday.  One significant recurring theme throughout the Easter Vigil is the Light of Christ – Lumen Christi. The Vigil begins in complete darkness.  Coming out […]

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Many “Helping Hands” make light work at WMOF

It’s amazing how tables full of rice, freeze-dried vegetables, an iPod, a gong, and a few hundred pairs of hands can combat hunger in an hour! We seminarians were encouraged to sign up to donate an hour of our time during the World Meeting of Families this week to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) package […]