Br. Leland Thorpe, OMV

On The Mountain with God

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authored by Br. Leland Thorpe, OMV Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them. – Mark 9:2 The first time that I saw the Alps, I was floored. We had arrived at our hotel in Lucerne on a foggy evening, after…

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Mary, Did You Know?

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This article began as a response to a discussion that recurs every year around this time… the debate over the orthodoxy or heterodoxy of the popular song Mary, Did You Know?. I figured I would weigh in on this song that I have come to love. Here is a spectacular performance of it: Several objections…

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Br. Leland Thorpe, OMV

Treasure of God’s Heart

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This post is adapted from an exegetical reflection on the first reading for the Feast of the Sacred Heart by Br. Leland Thorpe. Ever since the Oblates of the Virgin Mary were consecrated as a Congregation to the Sacred Heart in 1873, this feast day has had a special prominence in the Congregation’s life and…

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Nothing if not You, Lord

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Authored by Jay-Ar San Juan There is a beautiful story of when St. Thomas Aquinas was writing his treatise on the Eucharist for the Summa Theologiae. The story goes that he was very dissatisfied with it; he believed that his work did not do justice for the great mystery of the Eucharist. He was later…

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Jorge Sanchez

Unpack Your Hearts

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Have you ever stopped to think about the world and its many problems? Of these problems, which one is the biggest? Pope Pius XII says that “The greatest sin today is that men have lost the sense of sin.” We live in a world where doing what is right is considered so wrong.

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Daniel Conigliaro

Silence

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It’s a new year at St. Clement’s and Our Lady of Grace Seminary, so we are introducing a new theme for our seminarian blog! This semester, each of us will write about a book we read recently that we recommend to others. Over Christmas break, I read Shusako Endo’s novel “Silence,” the basis for the new movie directed by Martin Scorsese.

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Daniel Conigliaro samples some Thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving

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Every family has their own Thanksgiving traditions. Playing the annual football game on the back lawn, watching the Macy’s parade, or enjoying Grandma’s special cornbread stuffing or Aunt Sally’s pumpkin pie are just some of the timeless traditions that make Thanksgiving special to each person. To become part of a family means learning the traditions and stories that a family holds dear and sharing these moments of celebration with one another.

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The Prudential Building

Above the World

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Over this summer, I had a strange challenge of communication. As I told friends and relatives I was entering into novitiate, I had the difficultly of trying to explain to them what novitiate is. This challenge was made all the harder because I had no experience of novitiate. I settled on the inadequate definition that novitiate was like being on retreat for a year. Now, after living almost three months of novitiate, I have found that it is so much more that a long retreat, but I am still at a loss for an adequate description of the novitiate experience. Yet, as luck would have it (or more accurately providence), last Sunday has given me a metaphor that can come close to revealing what novitiate is like.

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St. Peter Chanel, Hawaiian Gardens, CA

Goodbye and Hello

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I was accepted into seminary with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in the fall 2015. However, because of debt I had to stay in California and pay it off. Since I had to wait I decided to call this My Year of Goodbye.

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“Angels of the Lord, Bless the Lord…”

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Rafael, in Hebrew, means God has healed. And so I began my personal Christian history with a Judeo-Christian name that has attached to it so much of God’s goodness and mercy. Today, our world cries out for such goodness and mercy. Where do we go for it? How do we obtain it? Is it real? Hear and understand!

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