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Forgetting to be a Christian

Being at St. Charles, older and more experienced seminarians are always offering advice about how to be a more authentic and discerning seminarian or just how to get through the many years of study and seminarian life. Some advice is certainly worth keeping and every now and then even worth living by. Recently, a long-time […]

Triumphs, the Eagles, and Sunday Mass

It was a triumph. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win unleashed an unprecedented amount of civic pride and communal celebration. The festivities began as soon as the pass from Tom Brady fell incomplete in front of the end zone at Super Bowl LII. It continued right through the gathering of 2 million people (or 700,000?) […]

A Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Gospel

I recently returned from ten days in Israel. Since returning, I have told everyone I’ve spoken with to go whenever they get the opportunity. The trip was especially moving for me only a few months out from ordination to the priesthood. My friend, Father Ryan Kaup, wrote a reflection on his journey to the Holy […]

True Piety: an Interview with Frank Flaherty

In preparing a recent presentation on the Virtue of Piety, I decided to interview Frank Flaherty, a seminarian in Second Theology from Trenton. The story of his indefatigable care for his father in his final years is a testament to the power of this often-neglected virtue. Enjoy!  

This Christmas, ask for coal

The traditions are wonderful this time of year. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Elf on a shelf. Seven fishes. And every kid’s nightmare – coal in the stocking! The tradition has gone down through the ages that Santa Claus is going to come down your chimney while you are sleeping and – if you […]

Why is Catholicism any more right than any other religion?

To most contemporary people, many of the claims of Christianity in general and of Catholicism in particular can only come off as hopelessly cruel or arrogant. It is the second category which prompts the question at issue here. How dare Catholics claim that they alone among the billions of people who have ever lived have […]

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