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  • Let God Find You In the Stillness – Holy Saturday Reflection Today is the only day in the liturgical calendar that we have no celebration of the Eucharist.  So, how shall we worship God today?  It will take great courage to remain in the restlessness of today.  It will be tempting to jump ahead to tomorrow.  Don’t, for this is a Holy Saturday.  Wrestle with the ... Continue Reading...
  • Jesus Wept For You – Good Friday Reflection Today is the quietest day in seminary, not only because it is a scheduled silent retreat, but also because we are caught up in our own sinfulness. On this day more than any other, I am confronted with the fact of my sinfulness, with all the times that I put myself ahead of Jesus. The ... Continue Reading...
  • God’s Extravagant Love – Reflection by Fr. Brendan When children want to express the extravagance of their love for their parents, or someone dear to them, they often extend their arms as wide as possible and cry out: “I love you this much!”  That simple gesture suggests a child’s love for her parent far exceeds the width of their extended arms and even ... Continue Reading...
  • Judas’ Question – Reflection by Paul B. “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Judas asks Jesus in today’s Gospel reading. Isn’t this question, almost declaration, what we ask each time we refuse to recognize the wrong we do? “It’s not that bad,” we assert, “I’m not really messing up.” This, however, is a lack of humility. But humility is the first step ... Continue Reading...
  • Hispanic Ministry Weekend: Un Fin de Semana en Fotos – A weekend in pictures   This past weekend, the seniors took another trip, this time to Our Lady of the Americas Parish in Des Moines, Iowa to experience a taste of Hispanic immersion, ministry, and some comida muy buena (very good food).  Our Lady of the Americas is a community of predominantly Spanish speakers where Padre Enrique Garcia, a chaplain ... Continue Reading...
  • A Cristo hay que predicarlo con toda su intensidad! – Bilingual reflection by Emmanuel G. La pasión y muerte de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, nos dirige a considerar dos cosas: la maldad de los hombres que estaban empeñados en acabar con el Justo, y el amor infinito de Jesús. El pecado es la entrada del hombre hacia la muerte, sin embargo, cuanto más grande y perseverante es la malicia del hombre, ... Continue Reading...
  • Palm Sunday Celebration: Holy Week Begins Holy Week has officially kicked off at Conception Abbey and Seminary College! United with the Universal Church, the seminarians of Conception Seminary College, the monks of Conception Abbey, and a good number of guests (including RCIA candidates on retreat) celebrated Palm Sunday Mass. On a relatively cool, but sunny morning, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s ... Continue Reading...
  • An Invitation to Holy Week – by Ben Snyder Come, let us join Mary at the feet of Christ. Let us not count the cost of our love. Let us run to our Lord for the days are coming when we re-enter the horrors of the Passion. For now, let us take the ointment from our fasting and prayer this season and offer it ... Continue Reading...
  • Palm Sunday Reflection: “I will draw all people to myself” By: Father Peter This is the week spring begins; the moon is full, and it is time again to celebrate our passing over with the Lord.  On Palm Sunday, we bless palm branches and hear the account of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem amid cries of “Hosanna.”  Yet the excitement of the liturgy ends with the procession.  Then ... Continue Reading...
  • Ite ad Joseph – Go to Joseph Guardian of the Holy Family Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Scripture reveals that the Saint was a righteous man. Learning of his wife’s conceived child before they had lived together, he decided to divorce the Blessed Virgin quietly, to avoid exposing her to shame. Despite his ... Continue Reading...
  • God is Our Champion – Reflection by Fr. Pat York “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” Jeremiah 20:11 It’s uniquely human to struggle and to doubt. To go through life without occasions of doubt, to go through life without struggling against the stumble, to go throughout life without an occasional lingering thought… Is God truly ... Continue Reading...
  • Coffee Shop From Center Stage: A Timeline 7:00 PM – At the moment, St. Michael’s Gym is empty except for a few guys making sure all of the technical stuff is working.  In an hour, the gym will be full and I will be telling all of the jokes, or at least trying to tell all the jokes James Flattery and I ... Continue Reading...
  • Driving Out the Snakes – Reflection by Dave Sotelo Today the Church celebrates the life of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.  St. Patrick was a missionary and bishop who was kidnapped at young age by Irish riders.  The Saint later escaped slavery and returned to his homeland.  Eventually, St. Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the pagan island to Catholicism. There have ... Continue Reading...
  • Trial by Fire – Reflection by Jeanette Schieber In today’s first reading we hear the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refusing to worship or serve the King’s god. The King becomes furious, and had them bound and cast into the white-hot furnace. When the King looks into the fire, he is astonished to find not three bound men but FOUR untied and unhurt men ... Continue Reading...
  • CSC Board of Regents Meet: Focus on Strategic Plan The Board of Regents of Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo. held their annual spring meeting March 11-12 in St. Maur Hall on the CSC campus. Charged with the goal of preparing Roman Catholic priests to serve an ever-changing world, the Board of Regents continued their work in preparing a new strategic plan to guide ... Continue Reading...
  • Stagnancy In Lent – By Charles Peirano The Pharisees in today’s Gospel are confronted with their lacking of gratitude and caring. This can remind us to reflect on how we have lacked during this Sacred Season of Lent, which is almost over! Don’t be disheartened by what you haven’t done this Lent; we can renew our commitment to follow Jesus ever more closer, ... Continue Reading...
  • A Reflection on Penitence – by Cesar Gomez “Me hieren más las pequeñas imperfecciones de las almas elegidas que los pecados de las almas que viven en el mundo.” (Diario de Santa Faustina, 580) La Escritura nos dice que en el juicio de Jesús los soldados  le pusieron una corona de espinas, se arrodillaron y se rieron de él (Marcos 15,16-20). Estos soldados se ... Continue Reading...
  • Encounters With Jesus – Lenten Reflection by Jon Tolberd Encounters with Jesus normally left the person who went to Jesus somewhat confounded, and I often wonder what the adulteress felt and thought of when she was standing in front of Jesus waiting for those stones to hit her. I am sure there were a lot of shame and guilt, as well as emotional and ... Continue Reading...
  • Taking Refuge in God – Lenten Reflection by Dr. McGrath Responsorial Psalm:  O Lord, My God, in you I take refuge Many of us don’t relate to the concept of a refuge.  We think of refugees – those in need of a refuge – as people fleeing from terrorists or dictators.  But we can be more dangerous to ourselves than a well-trained assassin.  God offers Himself ... Continue Reading...
  • Don’t Give Up – Lenten Reflection by Sergio Legarreta We are in the fourth week of Lent. That is a little more than half way to Easter. At this point, temptation for giving up our Lenten resolutions grows, and the desire for a dessert grows even more. If you know that your friend gave up dessert for Lent, inviting him to eat at Cheesecake ... Continue Reading...
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