I’ll start this by giving you an inside scoop into what takes place in seminary formation. Every seminarian is assigned a Formation Advisor to go over their training, so to speak, to become priests. In a meeting I had with my Formation Advisor over a year ago, he asked me what I think is the … Continue reading Reflections on the Priesthood after Parish Internship
Seminarians, like myself, don’t cease to be human beings once they enter the seminary. Before I started seriously discerning the priesthood, I wanted to get married. I wanted to know what it’s like to be with the most beautiful woman for the rest of my life. I wanted to give my wife stolen kisses, take … Continue reading A Seminarian’s reflection on Celibacy
One of the classes I’m taking this semester, and compellingly my favorite class, is New Testament. The course is organized in a way such that we have focused more on St. Paul’s letters. After reading through his epistles, I find myself drawn to St. Paul and learning more about him. As a result, I decided … Continue reading St. Paul: an Apostle in love
Today’s readings reflect on our LORD’s approach to violence and its role to our faith. We hear in the first reading the unfortunate fate of the prophet Jeremiah under King Zedekiah, wherein he was thrown “into the cistern of Prince Malchiah” and drowned into the “mud”. Why was Jeremiah thrown out and led into such … Continue reading Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
One of the questions I often get asked as a Philosophy major is “who is your favorite philosopher?” One of my favorite philosophers, as most do, is Aristotle. He was just a prolific writer as well as thinker, laying original concepts that stayed undisputed for many years after his death. Some of his more popular … Continue reading Thoughts and Emotions: debunking Human Nature
The Holy Trinity is certainly one of the most unfathomable mystery in the Catholic Church, and may be considered as something non-sense, too complicated to take into belief—or even blasphemous by Protestants and non-believers alike. One of the most popular questions to raise against it is “How can God be three persons when the very … Continue reading What Is the Holy Trinity?
Tough night for me. I just finished watching my team Boston Celtics lose to the Hawks 104-92. My team was down the whole game but made valiant come back efforts. This whole heartbreak team isn’t new to me. I’ve dealt with it many times before and no, I don’t want to talk about each of … Continue reading 3 things being a Celtics fan taught me about True Love
I have an odd fascination with villains. I fascinate them not because they are evil, eager to seek something at the expense of others, but because they are complex characters. I like complex things, it makes me think of things thoroughly, and I like thinking. I will be the one to admit that I’m a … Continue reading Good Men are Dead
Is 43: 16-21 Ps 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Phil 3: 8-14 Jn 8:1-11 One thing that puzzles me about the gospel passage we have today is that Jesus did not explicitly forgive the woman. While it is wise to provoke such thought to the Pharisees and the rest, telling them “to throw a stone … Continue reading “Transformative Indifference” – Fifth Sunday of Lent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmsa0sg4Od4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zpksCSn64k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok95AWTuMfs I have recently watched a couple of videos from Vortex, hosted by Michael Voris. As far the topic of this post goes, I’ll let the videos do much of the talking. But basically, Voris criticizes Fr. Barron’s point-of-view on Hell, specifically on whether it’s empty. The element of Fr. Barron’s view which … Continue reading Is Hell empty?