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Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

Perhaps priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away: My friends would laugh if they heard I was thinking about the priesthood!My parents would be shocked.My mom wants grandkids.I'm scared to death of speaking in public.I'm nowhere near holy...

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Be it done to me according to your word

Be it done to me according to your word

I’m my own man! I’m self-made, and I alone should determine my destiny! I will let nothing stand in the way of what I want. There is no other road to happiness! At least that’s what contemporary society would have us believe. But the Christian viewpoint is much...

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Why Celibacy for Priests?

Why Celibacy for Priests?

St. Joseph is a model of chastity for those who seek to bring Jesus to others by living a celibate life. You might think that the issue of priestly celibacy is a “newer” matter in the Church. After all, the Roman Church has continually reiterated the law of priestly...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from Godto a town of Galilee called Nazareth,to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,of the house of David,and the virgin’s name was Mary.And...

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Gaining peace through prayer

Gaining peace through prayer

Is God calling me to be a priest? How can I know for sure? What's the best way to make a decision like this? As you contemplate what to do with your life, be confident that God has a specific plan for you, and that you can discover it through prayer. This article...

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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God.He came for testimony, to testify to the light,so that all might believe through him.He was not the light,but came to testify to the...

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Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Mk 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;he will prepare your way.A voice of...

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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Mk 13:33-37  Jesus said to his disciples:“Be watchful! Be alert!You do not know when the time will come.It is like a man traveling abroad.He leaves home and places his servants in...

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The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make

The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make

If you were about to make one decision that would dramatically impact the rest of your life, how would you go about it? If you were contemplating a cross-country move, you’d probably learn everything you could about the new city. If you were choosing a career, you’d...

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What do Priests Do?

Priests do far more than celebrate Mass and pray all day. The life of a priest is busy, demanding, challenging—and incredibly rewarding.

Why Celibacy?

Celibacy is always a top concern for men thinking about the priesthood, but rest as­sured that every priest had the same thought before he went to seminary.

Signs of a Priestly Vocation

If Jesus has placed a desire in your heart for priesthood, no matter what your age, don’t ignore it. Talk to a priest you admire about how you feel.

Priesthood Discernment Self-Test

Examining oneself using these twenty qualities or signs is a good way to begin one’s discernment of priesthood, but it should not be done in a vacuum.