The simple truth is I never wanted to be a priest. Yet now, as I look back on my life, it is clear that God was calling me to the holy priesthood from an early age. I grew up in a very Catholic family; my parents brought me to daily Mass, encouraged family… Continue reading Why I became a priest
A Lenten Reflection Presented at the Conclusion of the Stations of the Cross. Having just celebrated the beautiful devotion of the Stations of the Cross, we have been blessed to walk the path of Calvary with our Lord while meditating on His great salvific act. This ancient devotion leaves us at the foot of the cross… Continue reading The Crucifix is the Sign of our Hope: A Lenten Reflection
So what does the Church really teach on divorce? Sadly an estimated 28% of Catholic marriages end in divorce and just over 15% of Catholic marriages end with a petition for an annulment. Unfortunately in the past year, as the Synod on the Family is Rome was watched with great interest by people… Continue reading On Divorce: An Introduction
At the 10:45 Mass on Sunday, Fr. Gerber, the associate pastor at St. Joseph parish, rhetorically asked me in his homily “why I would want to sign up for living a life of celibacy.” The truth is on May 3rd, 2014 I stood before the Archbishop and promised to live a celibate life.… Continue reading Why celibacy for me.
This was an Advent By Candlelight Reflection given at St. Norbert Parish in Florissant, MO. The reading for the Prayer Service was John 15:11-17. This past fall, the day before school started, I had speaking engagement in New York. I flew out of Lambert at 5:00 am, arrived in New York, was driven… Continue reading Advent By Candlelight Reflection on Joy
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot stand pop music. Unfortunately pop music is so ingrained in our culture however; it is simply impossible to avoid it. My great dislike of pop music gives me a strong abhorrence to pop concerts. Over the past few years I have had the… Continue reading The Love Promised by Pop Stars is Already Ours
A Brief Reflection on Mt 26:36-46 for Eucharistic Adoration Presented to the Young Adults of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Immediately before our Lord was handed over to endure His passion, He asked His closest apostles to keep watch with Him. Having already received Jesus’ body and blood, at the Last Supper… Continue reading The Essential Link Between Adoration and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: A Brief Reflection.