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Author Archive: Matthew Higgins

Matthew Higgins serves as Assistant to the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Newark and adjunct professor of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. He holds a Master's degree in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. His 10 year ministerial experience ranges from Junior High faith formation to Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry. He lives with his wife, Olivia and 2 children in Northern NJ.

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Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

December 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

During this season of Advent, we are reminded of “waiting.” Each year I find myself getting more and more excited for Advent. While most people are focusing on Halloween and Thanksgiving preparations, I am anticipating a season of anticipation. As children, we love the excitement of anticipating Christmas and, for many, Christmas is celebrated for […]

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Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

October 17, AD 2015 3 Comments
Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

Every week my wife and I bring our two young children to Mass. We typically go to Mass at the same time each week. We sit in the same general area. We are typically surrounded by the same people. Yet the one thing that is never “the same” is our children’s behavior. Yes, we have […]

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Ain’t Nobody Got Time…Enjoy It

September 19, AD 2015 0 Comments
Ain’t Nobody Got Time…Enjoy It

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin picking. It seems like I just finished putting away my bathing suit from summer vacation and already I’m seeing ads for fall—sweaters, jeans, and pumpkin everything. Before we know it, we will be seeing advertisements for Christmas shopping. Where is the time going? Time. The concept of time is […]

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Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

July 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place…it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” These words were uttered by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa, a final chapter to the famous Rocky movies. Balboa is speaking these words to his grown […]

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Vocations Make Us Tired, Weary, Joyful

June 29, AD 2015 2 Comments
Vocations Make Us Tired, Weary, Joyful

As someone who works full-time, teaches part-time, and is raising two young children with my wife (who also works full-time), I can often say that my vocation and avocation (my work) is tiring and I grow weary. I am up daily around 5am and sometimes can be up past midnight preparing a lecture or talk […]

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Christ the Uncommon King

January 16, AD 2015 3 Comments
Christ the Uncommon King

One of the greatest sporting event upsets of all time arguably happened during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York when the United States defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal in men’s ice hockey. The United States men’s hockey team was comprised of college students from rival schools. Under coach Herb […]

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Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

September 26, AD 2014 1 Comment
Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

The human body is an amazing and very fascinating creation. Each organ has its purpose. Every fiber works toward a succinct system, or group of systems, that compose “life.” There is an anonymous quote that states, “No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” In a way, our bodies are […]

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The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

August 29, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

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Choosing the Better Part

August 1, AD 2014 3 Comments
Choosing the Better Part

Choosing the better part: Lessons from St. Martha Life is full of decisions. There are small decisions, such as choosing what type of toothpaste to purchase or what shirt to wear in the morning. Then there are major decisions like purchasing a house, choosing a career, and discerning a vocation. The freedom that we have […]

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Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

July 4, AD 2014 4 Comments
Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the reader to take […]

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The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

May 9, AD 2014 2 Comments
The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

I enjoyed the movie The Wolf of Wall Street…sort of. Now, before I am put on trial and judged as being a terrible Catholic for such a statement, allow me to explain. Was the movie full of vulgarity and immorality? Absolutely. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of another mainstream movie where I have seen […]

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Making Every Friday “Good”

April 11, AD 2014 1 Comment
Making Every Friday “Good”

Easter is coming; fast! I mean the action, not the adjective.  It’s a command. Once Easter comes, it seems, we forget about this wonderful act of self-denial. We break our fast and indulge in whatever it is we gave up for the past 40+ days. (Yes, Lent is longer than 40 days, and actually ends […]

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