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I can think of a few off the top of my head. Just to get a peak of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David, people will put themselves through all sorts of inconveniences, travel thousands of miles, wait in long lines in the early morning and in the rain, hoping that they will be […]


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 […]

A Bad Week

In the formation process the seminarian is encouraged to take up many of the disciplines of the priest, one of those practices is the daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office. For those of you who don’t know, the Office is a series of five liturgies prayed each day, either alone […]

The Importance of Friendship

In his hands he holds a piece of bread. He looks at it carefully, straining with his tired eyes: eyes that have seen many things, but never tire of this sight. He sets it down carefully but easily; he’d done it many times before. As seminarians an important part of our formation is experiencing ministry […]

George Bailey and The Little Way

This Christmas season I’m sure it would be safe to guess that many Americans will settle down and watch an American Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. The story is heartwarming and familiar. The movie is not of stunning production quality, it is not a grand epic, and it is not even in color. What […]