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  • Mother Knows Best – Lenten Reflection by Brad Distler Do you remember when you were a little boy or girl, and you really wanted a hot, freshly baked cookie? You pleaded with mom to let you have a cookie even though she kept on insisting that the cookies were not for you. And then you got upset with mom because she would not let ... Continue Reading...
  • Our Big Brother, Jesus – Lenten Reflection by Jon Hynek II “You can give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” It’s a timeless saying that many have heard before, and it’s a saying that Jesus is telling us today; the son cannot do anything without seeing the father ... Continue Reading...
  • Crutch Season at CSC – Lenten Reflection by Chris Davis Each year at seminary, there’s a season in which the sound of footsteps entering the oratory or classrooms is punctuated by the ‘click-click—thunk’ of persons using crutches. Sadly, ‘crutch season’ has arrived in force this semester. While it’s never a good thing to have to experience injury, and the subsequent lack of mobility can be ... Continue Reading...
  • “Listen to my voice” – Lenten Reflection by Peter Vengas Jer 7, 23-28 Así dice el Señor: “Ésta es la orden que di a mi pueblo: ‘Escuchen mi voz, y yo seré su Dios y ustedes serán mi pueblo; caminen siempre por el camino que yo les mostraré, para que les vaya bien.” ¿Qué tan difícil puede ser escuchar la voz de Dios aquí en ... Continue Reading...
  • REJOICE – Sunday Reflection by Fr. Paul Sheller Toward the conclusion of the fourth chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict, after outlining The Tools for Good Works, St. Benedict reminded his monks, “Never lose hope in God’s mercy.” This small yet incredibly powerful phrase comes to mind as the Gospel describes the younger son, having squandered his inheritance on an immoral lifestyle, ... Continue Reading...
  • With the Eyes of Faith – Lenten Reflection by Ziggy Gross In St Faustina’s Diary we are reminded of the beautiful hidden reality underneath every single moment of our lives.  She exclaims: “O life so dull and monotonous, how many treasures you contain!  When I look at you with the eyes of faith…the dullness and monotony disappear. The grace which is given to me in this hour ... Continue Reading...
  • God WANTS – Lenten Reflection by Ben Rogers “I will heal their defection, says the LORD, I will love them freely; for my wrath is turned away from them.” (Hos 14:5) God WANTS to heal us. God WANTS us to be close to him. It is our choices that take us away from God. It is our decisions that cause a gap to ... Continue Reading...
  • “Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.” – Lenten Reflection by Fr. Timothy Special Note: Fr. Timothy Schoen, OSB, passed away the evening before the publication of the Lenten Reflection he authored. Fr. Timothy had recently reached out to the seminarians, applauding them on their efforts to reach the faithful through their blog and other social media outlets. He also wrote this reflection, telling the seminarians to use ... Continue Reading...
  • The Burden of Lent – Reflection by Br. Damian, CMC Very often, we see Lent as a burden. We treat it as if it is another Ten Commandments. We tend to view it negatively because of the requirements such as fasting from meat on Friday, giving alms to the poor, and sacrificing something that we love to do for the entire Lenten season. We actually ... Continue Reading...
  • Vocation Night: A look into monastic life! Look at PICTURES and read about vocation night. The seminarians invited Brother Bernard over to talk about his journey as a Benedictine! Continue Reading...
  • A Reflection on Forgiveness – by Michael Schreck Matthew 18:21-35 We’ve all heard today’s gospel passage many times. The message is clear: forgive others as we have been forgiven by God. The servant who was forgiven much seems to be ungrateful and petty. You might think that being forgiven an enormous debt would, at the very least, give you a more peaceful outlook for ... Continue Reading...
  • Leap Day and the Resurrection: Reflection by Br. Thomas Leap Day, February 29th, is an artifact that dates back to 46 BC, when Julius Caesar was informed that the solar year was 365.25 days long. To account for the residual quarter of a day, an extra day was added to the calendar every four years. At that time, February was the last month of ... Continue Reading...
  • Dante and the Season of Lent: Reflection by Dr. Bill Brownsberger Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy begins, in part, with these words: Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward path had been lost… I cannot well repeat how there I entered So full was I of slumber at the moment In which I had abandoned the true way It would ... Continue Reading...
  • “What is your worth? What dignity do you have?” – Reflection by Kevin Lenius What is your worth? What dignity do you have? Very often in our lives, we forget our great dignity and place God in a box constructed out of our sin. A box that does not welcome filth. Yet, in today’s Gospel, we find the father welcoming his son, filth and all, and a celebration commences. God welcomes ... Continue Reading...
  • A Vineyard to Tend – Lenten Reflection by Martin Parizek “He who ponders the law of the Lord day and night, will yield his fruit in due season.” Ps1:2-3 God has given all of us a vineyard to tend. This vineyard of course is our soul. It is comprised of our talents, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, successes and failures. He gives us the tools we need so ... Continue Reading...
  • A Reflection on Lazarus – by Chad Thurman Luke 16:19-31 In the Gospel of Luke we hear of Lazarus and the rich man. This parable can seem like a condemnation of material wealth. Yet, God’s word is not simply a Word of condemnation, but a Word of invitation.  We are invited to receive joy through love. Material wealth, in and of itself, is not ... Continue Reading...
  • Let Him In – Lenten Reflection by Bob Schroeder “Lift up your heads, O gates! / and be lifted up, O ancient doors! / that the King of glory may come in.”  (Psalm 24:7) Lent is a time of inward reflection. When it comes to our deepest desires, our most intimate thoughts, and especially our gravest sins, we tend to close ourselves up—to become defensive.  We ... Continue Reading...
  • The Humility of Moss – Lenten Reflection by Tomas Sandoval 2nd Week of Lent: Thursday, February 23 Is 1:10, 16-20 / Mt 23:1-12 Moss takes claim of my heart when it comes to picking a favorite feature of nature. Moss is not showy; it doesn’t boast nor does it scream, “Look at me, look at me!” Moss is busy about its duties on the humus littered forest floor ... Continue Reading...
  • “La cruz de quejarse” – Reflection by Cesar Garcia La Cuaresma es un tiempo donde muchos ofrecen ciertas cosas a  Dios con el fin de crecer en un área determinada. ¿Qué has ofrecido? ¿Cuántas veces nos quejamos de la escuela, el trabajo, la familia y/o de la vida en general? ¿Por qué nos quejamos? ¿Hay alguien o algo nos enfurece, nos enoja o nos ... Continue Reading...
  • Lent and the Transfiguration of Christ – Reflection by Fr. Pat York One of the many examples of St. John Paul II’s legacy is the Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. The Fourth Luminous Mystery is the Transfiguration of our Lord. This mystery itself has been a source of great joy, peace and consolation when I focus on the gift of everlasting life, most especially recently with ... Continue Reading...
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