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Move-In Day at the Seminary

As tens of thousands of 18-year-olds descend upon colleges and universities for “move-in” day, a smaller number (seventeen in total), but wiser (average age 28) group of new students arrived on Sunday, August 26 to move into Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. Each begins the 5-7 year process of discernment and preparation for priesthood. Since time immemorial, move-in day at the seminary has been marked by the returning seminarians moving the “new men” into their rooms. With carts and dollies and muscle power, the new seminarians were amazed to find all of their belongings hoisted into their …

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Traces of God in Nature

I have always enjoyed being outdoors – a walk through a forest, a view from a mountaintop, a stop at the base of a waterfall. I know that I am not alone. Many of us find an innate connection to nature. Why? Because God made all of it, too. As creatures, we are attracted to the rest of God’s creation – all visible signs of an amazing creator. It is not too surprising then that some of the greatest scientists – biologists, zoologists, and botanists – have been Christians (and more than a few have …

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The Weight of A Mass

Recently my sister shared with me a children’s book she had read to her son. Titled The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith, it is the story of a poor widow who begs for bread from a baker. Unable to pay, the widow offers her prayers for him – her participation at one Mass. Incredulous, the baker questions what one Mass might be worth in bread and writes on a scrap of paper: “One Mass.” When the paper is placed on the scales, he finds that not all the bread in his store, …

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How Much Does Mercy Cost?

As a teacher, it has not been unusual for one of my students – especially for one of my high school students – to plead with me, “Father, when you grade our tests, have mercy!” For me to give an extra point or two on an exam is easy. To round up to the next grade doesn’t cost me anything. And if it weren’t for a healthy respect for justice, I could just as easily give all my students A’s. But that’s not all mercy is about. Mercy often has a cost. In the Gospel, …

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