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Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why

May 26, 2015 187 Comments
Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why

There are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to […]

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A Brief Meditation on”Other Duties as Assigned.”

December 18, 2013 17 Comments
A Brief Meditation on”Other Duties as Assigned.”

I think all of us who embark on a certain career path, or status or vocation have a certain file in our life called “other duties as assigned.” Priests, and especially pastors are no exception. Since most of us live on site, there are many custodial duties that often find their way into our “other […]

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Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

August 15, 2013
Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very […]

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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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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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