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“Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her.”

By Will Rooney – A Catholic Seminarian/Deacon

  • Lent 2020: Excess and Defect

    February 27, 2020 by

    Want to grow in virtue this Lent? Beginning February 27, Dcn. Will and fellow Austin Seminarians will publish a series of weekly audio podcasts on the Seven Deadly (Capital) Sins and how, with God’s grace, we can work to replace them with virtue in our lives. To sign up to receive these weekly episodes by email text VIRTUE to 84576

  • Virtue, vice, and the call to perfect flourishing

    February 24, 2020 by

    God calls you and me to flourish with him supernaturally. He calls us to become like him and gives us the grace to make it happen. But he wants us to cooperate and respond to this grace in freedom. How will we respond to his gift of grace.

  • The Delightful, Defenseless, Demanding Baby

    December 25, 2019 by

    The infant Jesus lying in the manger reveals God. When he smiles, God smiles. When he cries, God cries. When he grasps the finger of Mary or Joseph or a shepherd, it is God grasping the human hand. The delightful and defenseless infant Jesus gently demands something from us. The child of Bethlehem gently invites us to love him…and responding to that invitation love means changing our lives.

  • Autonomy, Humility, and St. Joseph

    December 22, 2019 by

    Last summer, I was with my Godson’s family. We were all swimming in their pool. The 5-year-old brother of my Godson had just become good enough at swimming to make it across their pool unassisted and he absolutely loved showing me how he could do it without help. It was amazing to see his growth… Read more

  • How we Christians Confront Evil.

    October 24, 2019 by

    We Catholics have confronted many evil realities in the past year. What should be our response to evil as Christians? Confronting great evil demands great saints. God is calling you and I to be a part of the solution to this scandal through prayer, holiness of life, and the proclamation of the Gospel. Through our and prayer holiness, which are his gifts to us, may many come to know Christ, so that when the Son of Man comes, he indeed will find faith on earth.

  • Receiving the better part

    July 23, 2019 by

    God desires you to receive his love because its what’s best for you. Christianity, at its heart, is not about doing; rather, it is about receiving from the Lord and being with Him. This is the better part. What keeps us from receiving the better part? Presumption, fear, or a belief in our self-sufficiency.

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