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listening

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On August 6, 2018
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Listening  The only way I can have a conversation with my nephews, ages 18 and 12, is if I take away their phones.  Even when I do that, eye contact is kept to a minimum and their bodies appear unable to relax without a piece of technology in their hand.  Unfortunately, this is becoming true […]
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Suffering Revisited

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On July 2, 2018
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Suffering Revisited When I entered religious life at 23-years-old, I was passionate, idealistic and determined. I said goodbye to the world without blinking an eye and threw myself wholeheartedly into my vocation. I devoured the teachings and perfectly obeyed all the rules of my community and the Church. Though it wasn’t my primary motivation, a […]
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The Other

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On June 3, 2018
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The Other Everyday we stand before an unsolvable problem: life. The people we encounter, the events that occur and the places we are led, often leave us frustrated and confused. If we are honest, most of the time we don’t understand why things happen the way they do. This can lead some people to conclude […]
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Being a Priest

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On May 5, 2018
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Being a Priest Shortly after I was ordained a priest, a friend of mine asked me what my experience was like thus far. Somewhat hesitantly I said, “embarrassing.” He began to laugh; assuming I was joking, and then asked me again. “No, seriously, what is like to be a priest?” “Embarrassing,” I replied again, this […]
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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
  • 4 Comments
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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