Category: Discernment

What I Miss About Seminary

The province of Florida recently received thirteen men as newly ordained deacons–deacons in transition to the priesthood. The Mass was beautiful and the men quickly began blessing crosses, water, and chihuahuas with their newfound “deacon powers.” They were one class ahead of my own in the seminary, so I know these guys well. They welcomed me back with open arms…

Pop Music & Prayer

Recently Jackie and I saw the band Imagine Dragons for a sold-out arena concert.  These guys are #1 in alternative rock and Grammy winners for a definitive reason, and they put on an amazing live show.  I haven’t seen a lead vocalist leave everything on the stage like that since the likes of Bono and Chris Martin.  I sincerely hope…

The Wedding of My Dreams?

BY JACKIE ANGEL I hated planning our wedding. Thinking about this one-day event for nine months about made me want to stick a chopstick in my eye. Not because I felt like I did it all by myself (I didn’t), nor because I don’t like having fun (I do), or because I hate sparkly things (I love sparkly things), but…

Loneliness and Longing

“So brethren, let us long, because we are to be filled”—St. Augustine Christopher West, renowned author and speaker of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, came and spoke to our seminary during my first year of study.   He gave a several-hour presentation that renewed my interest in a teaching I had drifted out of since first being exposed to…