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The 7 Commandments of Seminary Crashing

Stephen Codekas Article, Holy Orders, Men, Satire, Sin, Testimonial 1 Comment

You might be asking yourself, what exactly is seminary crashing?  Is that even a real thing?  Are you off your meds, again?   (Editor’s Note: Answer the question.  We can’t afford another Helsinki Incident.)   Anyway, you may have seen the movie, “The Wedding Crashers”.  If you haven’t, seminary crashing is virtually identical; you attend an event (in this case …

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What Kind of Priest Do You Want to Be?

Scott Francis Miller Article, Holy Orders, Sacraments Leave a Comment

What kind of priest do you want to be?  It’s not as simple a question to answer as you might think.  During this whole time you have been discerning what potentially is a call to the priesthood and you are certain without a doubt in your heart that this is what God is calling you to do with your life.  …

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God Does Not Tire

Stephen Codekas Article, Catechist, Confession, Pope Francis, Sin, Vatican 1 Comment

Recently, Pope Francis made remarks that, “Priests can now forgive women who have had abortions” which readers from numerous news sites and media outlets have taken to mean that abortion, once an unforgivable sin, can now be forgiven by the clergy. Don’t believe me?  Here are some examples: from Buzzfeed, “Pope Francis Allows Priests to Forgive Women Who Have Had …

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Taking the Plunge

Scott Francis Miller Article, Holy Orders, Sacraments, Young Adult, Youth Ministry 2 Comments

No, this is not an article about marriage!  Rather, this is an article about discernment, more directly related to my discernment process.  At this moment in my life, I am currently discerning my priestly vocation with the Paulist Fathers.  I have been on this journey with them for 2 years and am currently in the process of applying to their …

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Gospel Reflection: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jonathan Jergens Eucharist, Reflection, Sacraments Leave a Comment

The readings today are a continuation of last week’s Gospel account. In this Gospel, the Jews are starting to realize, in a particular way, who Jesus claims to be. The Jews murmur to one another – “Who is this guy? We know his parents…why is he saying he came down from heaven?” No prophet of the Old Testament ever claimed …

Heroic Priesthood

Jonathan Jergens Holy Orders, Men, Sacraments, Video, Young Adult Leave a Comment

Discerning the priesthood is sometimes seen as something for only the holiest of people. Some people even think that the priesthood means “giving up” everything unique about a person. It’s as if the priesthood means losing your identity. As the video shows, the priesthood takes all kinds of people. Each priest is an individual, with their own strenghts and weaknesses. …

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Is God Calling?

Scott Francis Miller Article, Catechist, Holy Orders, Men, Sacraments, Young Adult, Youth Ministry Leave a Comment

Have you ever considered life as a priest, nun, or member of a religious community? Do you have what it takes to commit to that life? Is God calling you? These are not easy questions to answer. As someone who has been trying to answer these questions for 25 plus years, I can honestly say that they are not and …

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Sponsorship – The Other Side of the Coin

Jonathan Jergens Article, Catechist, Confirmation, Sacraments, Testimonial Leave a Comment

Hopefully in the near future there will be a ton of posts about why people chose our faith. Whether they were Confirmed last year, or converted to Catholicism, those stories are truly “our stories.” Each of us has one, and they are all special. What I want to share with you however, is the other side of the coin; that of …