Seminarians’ Blog

P1000410 smaller Preparations (11/26/2015) - Entry by Colin Powell…As I sit down to write this blog entry, I have before me everything that I must do. It is the morning of Thanksgiving, and with the smell of turkey in the oven, there is an expectation of a good and delicious meal that is to come. With the sight of my […]
2015.11.16 Rosary Praying for others (11/16/2015) - Entry by Jonas Verdeflor…Amid the academics, I usually find time to pray, usually with the Oblate community and sometimes by myself. Prayer has kept me sane during the hectic semester. My prayer intentions have been for personal needs and for groups and other people I had met over the years. But recently, I have thought: […]
2015.11.09 Holy Family What We Study (11/9/2015) - Entry by Leland Thorpe…”The love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 25 Given that the current semester is already more than […]
OMVSeminarians030 smallet Apostleship (11/8/2015) - Entry by Joel Ament…The life of a seminarian pursuing religious life is something really special. It brings the life of the Apostles into the 21st century. It gives the religious seminarian a chance to have a particularly intimate understanding of the life of Christ in the Gospels through reflection on the lives of the Apostles […]
2015.10.25 Vermont “The Father of Lights” (James 1:17) (10/25/2015) - Entry by Colin Powell… One of my favorite verses in Scripture is from the Letter of St. James: “Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no change nor shadow of turning”(James 1:17). This is consoling to consider God in such a way: […]
St. Clement Faith of Our Fathers (10/19/2015) - Entry by Brenden Bell… As a first year postulant, there is much I could share about my first experience of the seminary, but what comes to mind is the faith of our fathers. This is might be because I am taking a class on Patristics (Early Church Fathers) and currently studying for the mid-term, but […]
fall foliage 2048 Into the Hills (10/13/2015) - Entry by Jonas Verdeflor. We the six postulants and our formator, Father Tom Carzon, went to Vermont for the Columbus Day weekend.  A friend of the Oblates allowed us to use his cabin.  Compared with the one I had visited in July, this cabin is much larger. The kitchen had a brick oven in which […]
bl. teresa of calcutta Love of Neighbor (10/5/2015) - Entry by Br. Nathan Marzonie, OMV… In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39-40 Every week I meditate on the Visitation, the second joyful mystery, and its virtue, love of neighbor. Love of neighbor encompasses […]
Br. Paul's Desk Busier than Belief (10/2/2015) - Entry by Br. Paul Nguyen, OMV… Thankfully we can have direct knowledge of our own lives and do not have to have faith, though we often say “it’s unbelievable” as though it did take faith. This is how I am inclined to think as a seminarian 5 years in and by now, well-versed in the […]
Br. Paul Kallal and Br. Nathan Marzonie, August 5, 2015 Memoirs of Novitiate (9/29/2015) - Entry by Br. Paul Kallal, OMV… In a recent letter to a dear friend describing my Novitiate experience, I quoted the following words from the Gospel of John, Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book, but these are written that you may believe […]


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