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See, I am coming!

My grandma held up 3 fingers — “Three days!” she said. “My grandson is coming in three days!” The next day, she held up 2 fingers — “Two days! He’s coming in two days!” Then, only one. “Tomorrow! Anthony is coming tomorrow!” Yesterday morning, I had the immense privilege and honor of celebrating a mass […]

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Your Nothing is a Gift to Jesus – First Mass Homily

Peter said to Jesus: “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?” Peter is asking an intense, fundamentally human question: “Lord, what will happen to us? We have forsaken our homes. Our families. Our jobs. We’ve let go of everything. We are ALL IN for You — What will […]

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Media Literacy

Media Evangelization and the “New Normal”

Back in November 2019, Sister Helena Burns, F.S.P. — a Daughter of St. Paul and “media nun” — delivered what could be described as an urgent and energetic appeal to the Theological College seminary community. She called for wider, more intentional media literacy in line with Church teachings on the subject. “Media is not a […]

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Truth is Trustworthy

In our Psalm today, we heard the following phrases: The judgements of the Lord are true, and all of them just. The law of the LORD is perfect. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy. The precepts of the LORD are right. The command of the LORD is clear. Phrases like these are crucially important […]

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Reflections

Is The Lord Enough?

When I first entered seminary, the big question I had was: “Will priesthood be enough?” Over the past six years, the Lord has gently answered this question for me in an unexpected way: “No, the priesthood is not enough.” “….But I am enough.” The Lord is enough! If this is true, and if I really […]

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Homilies

What Can Man Do Against Such Reckless Hate?

In a scene from my all-time favorite movie, the Lord of the Rings, King Theoden — broken and exhausted as the Battle at Helms Deep looked more and more hopeless — asks a desperate question amidst all the confusion: “What can man do against such reckless hate?”  His situation was dire. His fortress was surrounded […]

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Evangelization Homilies Saints

Do You Really Believe?

Homily for Memorial of Pope St. Paul VI In his landmark document on evangelization, Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope St. Paul VI poses these questions: “Do you really believe what you are proclaiming? Do you live what you believe? Do you really preach what you live?” These questions aren’t just for priests, deacons and bishops to ponder […]

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Burn Your Masks

Homily for the Feast of St. Philip Neri St. Philip Neri, whose feast day we celebrate today, once said: Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill. And if he has one, let him burn it. This quote struck me as ironic, given that we are now required to wear face-masks at […]

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Homilies

In a Little While, You’ll See Jesus

Homily for St. Joseph Catholic School Mass – May 21, 2020 Jesus says to us in our gospel today:  “A little while and you will no longer see me” and then “a little while later, you will see me.” What’s Jesus talking about? Well, this passage comes from the very end of John’s Gospel in […]

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The Story Behind a Chalice

Here’s a video explaining the symbolism and personal meaning behind all the imagery used in my chalice design! Hope you enjoy.