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A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

October 10, 2017 0 Comments
A Gentle Presence in a Threatening World

In a time when America can seem divided, sometimes beyond foreseeable repair, a beautiful sanctuary of unity and love can be found in the northwest reaches of our nation’s capital. A testament to the awesome power of optimism and devoted faith in Jesus, the Georgetown Visitation Monastery provides an example from which all of us […]

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Of Vocations and Victory: Some Good Reasons to Take Heart That the Lord is Blessing His Church

April 30, 2013 11 Comments
Of Vocations and Victory: Some Good Reasons to Take Heart That the Lord is Blessing His Church

While some dioceses in the US have been closing and consolidating seminaries, here in Washington DC we recently opened a new one: The Blessed John Paul II Seminary. And things are going so well, we are now adding a new three-floor wing to accommodate more men. (See a wonderful video below on the Seminary) Currently […]

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The Priest as Soldier in the Army of the Lord

June 7, 2012 0 Comments

Back in the early 1980s I was in college, majoring in computer science, and dating a beautiful young woman. An older priest, Msgr. Curlin told me that he thought I was called to be a priest. I was puzzled as to how to react. No one had ever said this to me before. So I […]

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What’s a Woman to Do in a Culture Gone Mad? Perhaps "Good Girls DC" has an Idea

March 25, 2012 23 Comments

We have discussed at length on this blog the sad state of our culture, particularly when it comes to questions of dating, sexuality, faith and marriage. For example, huge numbers of Americans, are postponing marriage, or never marrying at all. A recent article in Our Sunday Visitor presents stunning statistics about marriage: The number of […]

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Secrets of the Habit

November 25, 2011 31 Comments

The video at the bottom of this post is a fascinating little exploration of the traditional habit of Religious Sisters. The video does not make it clear as to what Order the Habit belonged. There are many things I learned about a habit I never knew. Things like hidden “saddle bag” pockets, opening crucifixes, symbolism […]

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"I’m So Busy, I Met Myself Coming Back!" A Quick Reflection on the Week of A Priest

July 28, 2011 41 Comments

When I was a young priest I used to bring communion to an elderly woman who would often puzzle over what on earth a priest would do on days other than Sunday. “You must be rather bored” she’d often say. “Oh, not exactly!” I would retort. “Well, what can you possibly have to do after […]

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A Sacramental Six-Pack on the Eve of My 50th Birthday: A Brief Snapshot of the Gift of the Priesthood

July 11, 2011 57 Comments

This Past Sunday I celebrated my 50th Birthday and of all the gifts I received, I must say I got the best from the Lord who delivered it in a “strange package.” It began the day before as I arose and realized with some dread that I had surely over-committed myself. As I looked at […]

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On The Power of Personal Witness in the Priestly Proclamation

May 13, 2011 25 Comments
On The Power of Personal Witness in the Priestly Proclamation

I was at a meeting of the Seminary Council  today for one of our diocesan seminaries. It is the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way that is currently training almost thirty of our Washington men for priestly Ministry.  Four men are currently stepping forward for Holy Orders this Spring and they each spoke to […]

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