Conversion Through Confession | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 4

“The Sacrament of Penance fosters the mature recognition of sin, continuous conversion of heart, growth in the virtues, and conformity to the mind of Christ.” Now that we are halfway through Lent, our good intentions may be wavering and we must push forward even though the initial excitement may be gone. By now, we’ve realized …

The Human Virtues | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 3

“Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life.” (CCC 1804) At the college seminary, we spend a lot of time focusing …

The Three Greatest Virtues | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 2

“The seminary also must be a school of spiritual growth in which seminarians are formed into men of prayer, imbued with those virtues that only grace can bring: faith, hope, and charity.”[1] As we journey through Lent, we are reminded of our own lowliness in the presence of God. Every gift, even our very existence, is …

The Virtuous Life | Lenten Series 2019 | Week 1

Imagine yourself at the foot of a mountain. Dawn is just peeking through the trees and you can see your breath in the brisk morning air. You turn your phone on airplane mode, knowing full well the battery won’t last the multi-day journey to the summit. Reaching to the ground at your feet, you swing …