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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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Musical Theology: Honey I’m Good

Jonathan Jergens Men, Music, TOB, Young Adult, Youth Ministry Leave a Comment

Time for another musical theology article! My last article was Maroon 5, and I have been using music videos and songs to teach in Faith Formation. The students like them a lot, but it actually gives them time to understand the lyrics and what they are actually singing along to. So I decided to make it a “thing” in class! …

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Evil, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

Stephen Codekas Article, Catechist, Sin, Theology, Young Adult 1 Comment

The greatest argument atheists have against God is the existence evil in this world. Suffering. Pain.They can throw all the philosophical arguments they want, but pain is the great human connector. But will it connect us to the Divine, or to nihilism? Do not mistake me. This humble article here before you will not seek to completely solve it away. I …

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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Maroon Five and…Christ?

Jonathan Jergens Article, Catechist, Music, Young Adult, Youth Ministry Leave a Comment

Christopher West, a prominent “Theology of the Body” theologian, is known for saying that contemporary culture speaks often of Jesus, even when they don’t know it. Culture speaks of universal longings that come out through movies, literature, and music – especially music. Regardless of what religion a composer is, or their willingness to adhere to it, humans all long for …

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The Power of Forgiveness: The Feast of St. Maria Goretti

Jonathan Jergens Article, Catechist, Saint, Young Adult, Youth Ministry Leave a Comment

The 7th of July is the Feast Day of St. Maria Goretti. Few people know about her, she is just another name of a feast day in our Church. We have feast days all the time, for many saints. All of them are special in their own way, but all to often we overlook them. Most of the time, we …