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About Father Michael Sliney, LC

Father Michael Sliney was ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 1998. He studied mechanical engineering at Michigan State University for two years before entering the Legion. As a seminarian he earned a bachelors in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. He works with youth groups in the Washington D.C. area.

A priest is a donkey?

“He must grow greater, I must grow less.” (Jn 3: 30) After making my first Profession of Religious Vows, a very holy priest reminded me, “Remember, Br. Michael, that you are a donkey.  You are carrying Christ in your heart … Continue reading

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Inspirational thoughts

“My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament, where my heart is, as it were, in Its center.” — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Several years ago, as I was coming out of a Parish youth activity in Northern … Continue reading

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God chose it for himself

God chose it for himself.  Jesus could have been born from an olive tree, floated down from heaven or simply appeared on the public scene at the age of 30 and skipped the formality of being raised in a family … Continue reading

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Mass Matters!

Rain or shine, sleet or snow, my family would find a way to make it to 8:30 am Sunday Mass at St. Hugo of the Hills Parish in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  I actually remember putting on my snow boots, gloves, … Continue reading

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Do not walk backward in life

“I will not walk backward in life.” — J.R.R. Tolkien A mid-life crisis can tempt good people to revert back to the “good old days”, along with all of their bad habits. Looking up old girlfriends/boyfriends on social media, imitating … Continue reading

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Raising daughters…

Having been the guest at the table of hundreds of family dinners, I have generally observed that the eyes of a mom tend to be analytical and critical of their daughters behavior, and more admiring of their sons.  As a spiritual … Continue reading

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What can we ever really know…

What can you ever really know of other people’s souls—of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? — CS Lewis As a Catholic priest, I have a unique vision of human nature…people are totally transparent and open with me. Before judging … Continue reading

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Intentionality Matters

   Intentionality matters.  My first semester at Brother Rice High School did not go well academically…I was running cross country, involved in a school play (“Guys and Dolls”) and simply having too much fun.  So, knowing that the report card would arrive … Continue reading

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Tips for men on how to be great dads

The Dad is a child’s first experience of God’s love. A dad needs to be a protector, provider, and to be present in his kids’ lives. A dad should imitate God’s love which is never changing and constant, providing what … Continue reading

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As iron sharpens iron…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)   Kenya’s  David Rudisha holds the world record for the 800 meter race , running in 1 minute, 40.91 seconds in August 9, 2012.  His incredible record pace pushed all the runners to … Continue reading

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