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Calling out Goat Cheese Evangelization

I attended a new outreach event that the Archdiocese put on at Frankford Hall in Fishtown the other week. Food and beer galore, a packed house, unique music, young priests — it ended up being the place to be for a younger Catholic in the area. It was kicked off by Archbishop with an opening […]

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Is the glass half empty or half full? (ft. Schopenhauer and Tolstoy)

“Nonetheless, everyone desires to achieve old age, that is to say a condition in which one can say: ‘Today it is bad, and day by day it will get worse—until at last the worst of all arrives.’” –On the Suffering of the World, Arthur Schopenhauer I think that feeling creeps in on us from time […]

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The Hardest Part of Being a Seminarian

When I was on my CRS trip we had Mass with the Apostolic Nuncio of Lebanon Gabriele Giordano Caccia and he put his finger on something that I had been thinking a lot about this past year when he explained the relationship between knowledge and belief. It seems to me most people don’t really know […]

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6 Things I learned from Syrian Refugees

I had the privilege of going on a week-long trip to Lebanon and Jordan with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) at the beginning of June. The point of the trip was for seminarians and priests to better understand what CRS is and the work they do so that in the future parishioners would better understand CRS. […]

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What Makes A Perfect Wedding

“I want the wedding to be so beautiful that it converts everybody.” That was my sister’s wish for her wedding that happened last week. I had been to a wedding before, but that was a while ago, and I was too young to realize how moving a marriage is. When my sister came down the […]

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Angry Atheists and Closed-minded Christians

“Debates” about God’s existence between famous atheists and theists must take up half of all videos on YouTube. There’s hundreds of videos, each with millions of views, and I think that there’s two common threads in most of them: 1. the atmosphere of the “debates” is intense – there’s a lot of anger and hurt […]