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Letting Go

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On April 19, 2018
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Letting Go As a child, I often pretended my backyard was a baseball stadium. There, despite the close proximity of neighbors, I would yell, dive, grunt and cheer to various scenarios I was imagining. As time for dinner would draw near, my mom would open the window from the kitchen and ask me how much […]
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The Contemplative Mind

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On April 1, 2018
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The Contemplative Mind It was an ordinary weekday Mass. There were about 20-30 people in attendance, most of whom, I’m guessing, were on their lunch break. In the front pew there sat a mother with a young boy. As I walked past them on my way to the altar, the young boy’s face grew mesmerized […]
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40 Days (Before)

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On March 5, 2018
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40 Days (Before) When I was in college, most of my summers were spent living in my car. My friends and I would work as much as possible so as to earn enough money to live off for a few weeks. As soon as we had enough we would quit, only to begin another journey […]
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Ordinary Life

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On February 18, 2018
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Ordinary Life Many years ago, I spent a week of retreat at Our Lady of Genesee Abbey in upstate New York. On the last day, I returned from the Monastery Church after Mass to the retreat house and decided to spend a few minutes in the chapel before lunch. As I entered the chapel and […]
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The One Thing

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On January 25, 2018
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The One Thing It was a typical morning in Harlem. The phone rang every five minutes and the doorbell every ten. I was meeting individually with the postulants, the youngest members of my community, and listening to their struggles with prayer, celibacy, fraternal living, and leaving their family. Outside the streets were rowdy: car horns, […]
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The Missing Piece

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On January 2, 2018
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The Missing Piece When I was 18 years old I left my family and friends. Unlike many of my peers at the time, I was not leaving for college, military or beginning a new job. I, along with two friends, chose a different path. Without a destination, a plan or a specific purpose, my friends […]
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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On December 18, 2017
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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR Fr. Andrew Apostoli died on December 13, 2017 after losing a painful fight with cancer. When I heard that Fr. Andrew was dying, the first thing I thought was, “I want to be there.” Somewhat surprised, I paused for a moment to reconsider. “Yes,” I said to myself, “I need to […]
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Becoming Present

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On December 7, 2017
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Becoming Present At times my mind is a prison cell. No people, no light and no fresh air. Inside these walls the future becomes a fairytale, while the past suffocates the present. I replay my crime over and over again. Ironically, this prison sentence had no jury, judge or verdict. I placed myself there. My […]
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Heroic Love

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 19, 2017
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Heroic Love My mother spent the last 15 years of her life in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s. I would be a liar if I said that her disease had not caused my family any suffering or that we accepted it perfectly as part of God’s mysterious will. The reality is, we all suffered […]
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Awakening

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 2, 2017
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Awakening I was 17 years old when I first encountered death. My grandmother died one night peacefully in her sleep at the age of 84 with a set of rosary beads next to her bed, which she most likely prayed before slipping away into eternity. A simple woman, she lived on a farm her entire […]
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