A Heart Like Saint Joseph is Something Worth Imitating
Spiritual Spring Break in Taizé
It was no accident that Saint Joseph was led into the desert and told to bring with him his adoptive son. Joseph was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit. Much in the same way how Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit at the start of Lent. Jesus would again feel a desert as he was dying on the cross, feeling abandoned by nearly everybody in his life. The desert is not incidental to the life of Saint Joseph and to Jesus, in fact in the life of the Church. Rather it is a place where we can go to encounter God.
What Traveling Abroad Taught Me about Faith and Trust
Going into the Taize community, I was a bit unsure what the experience would be. I knew it was a place of prayer, but that was about it. Praying in song, three times a day as part of a large group, made a deep impact on me.
200-ish Miles in the Desert
I was sitting on a plane with fellow seminarian Wally Ferrara at O’Hare International Airport getting ready to fly to London, England for break. I chuckled a little to myself at the circumstances, and said, “Lord, this one’s on you”.
Pray Hard, Play Hard
Running through the Sonoran desert is probably considered crazy by many people, but accomplishing a nearly 200 miles race is less arduous than it might seem; especially if you have teammates to help you.
Saved by Grace Through Faith
This past weekend, Saint Joseph College Seminary played in the 17th Annual Father Pat O’Malley Invitational. 16 seminaries from all over the United States gathered in Chicago for the annual basketball tournament hosted by Mundelein Seminary.
St. Nicholas White Elephant Gift Exchange
As Catholics, we must first have faith in the Lord to be saved, even if at times it seems that he is chipping away the very essence of who we are. We must trust in Him and His teachings, although we may not have an understanding of why he takes such seemingly vital things away.
Just Pray for Faith
Last night, Saint Joseph College Seminary had the honor of St. Nicholas visiting the seminary for the annual white elephant gift exchange. There was much laughter and joy during the white elephant gift exchange. From the most random gifts to few shocking steals, there was plenty of great presents go around.
Vocation Awareness Week 2016
"A nobleman went off to a distant country...He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins. (Luke 19: 11-28)" Bishop Goedert pointed out that when the nobleman returned, only 3 came forward to give an account to the nobleman. "What happened to the other seven?"
Seminarians on Voting in Their First Presidential Election
This week is National Vocation Awareness Week―an annual week-long celebration in the U.S. Catholic Church for promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Through prayer and education, Catholics are asked to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering a religious vocation.
Loyola University Chicago's 2016-17 President Medallion Recipient: Michael Malucha
"I didn't want to vote," candidly said Zel, sophomore for the Archdiocese of Chicago, but he did his civic duty. It was "surreal" and "empowering" because "even though you don't know the end result [when you cast your ballot], you know your vote will count."
Catholicism: Pivotal Players Premiere
Malucha, who is majoring in philosophy, goes out of his way to serve those in need—and to serve God as well. But he’s more than just a seminarian. He’s an excellent student who carries a 3.65 GPA while also working as a research fellow for the Joan & Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.
Last Sunday, myself and four other seminarians attended the premiere of Bishop Robert Barron's new series, Catholicism: Pivotal Players at the studios of WTTW Chicago.