Archives for June 2012

Questions Answered

Why is the Vatican investigating some orders of women religious? Why are so many Catholics, and some theologians, dissenting from Church teaching? Archbishop Sartain will work with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious … [Read more...]

The Vocation To Life

Like the apostles, I first said “yes” to Christ because of the total answer he provided for my human need, and only within this context did a specific vocation to serve as a priest gradually begin to reveal itself.    Christ calling the … [Read more...]

Should Catholics Acquiesce in Today’s Homosexual “Rights” Agenda?

Christians, including Catholics, are acquiescing, and even favoring, the idea that homosexual behavior must be considered, at least, morally neutral...and must be considered something to which those, so inclined, have a right. One of … [Read more...]

“How I Got to Be Ninety-Five”

The party was suffused with joy and Christian charity in celebrating the birthday of a mature man trying follow our Lord’s commandment: "Love one another." Recently, I attended a birthday party for an uncle who just turned ninety-five. … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2012

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for July 2012 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time—July 1, 2012 Readings: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 ● 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 ● Mk 5:21-43 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070112.cfm The gracious act of … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Anointing of the Sick: Some Problems Today

The Church needs to clarify the administration of the sacrament of the anointing of the sick for a number of reasons. In 1974, when I was a deacon in Texas, a priest from Fort Worth came to Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas to speak to … [Read more...]

Human Rights and Natural Law

There is an ethical concept which man recognizes, in and of itself, without mediation...recognized in an almost instinctive way, and as a norm to abide by, in order to live according to whom man is, reflected in that immense and diversified … [Read more...]

The Holy Eucharist: Central Sacrament Pre-figured in the First Passover

The Eucharist  is the single, greatest gift Christ left to his Church, fulfilling his promise to be with us always.    The Last Supper Christ’s institution of the sacrament of the Eucharist was, and is, the single, greatest gift he left … [Read more...]

The Truth About God

The truth about God is not abolished or reduced because it is spoken in human language; rather, it is unique, full, and complete, because he who speaks and acts is the Incarnate Son of God. Thus, faith requires us to profess that the Word … [Read more...]

Growing in Love of the Lay Life: Evangelizing Martyrs

The Catholic laity are asked to give witness to Christ by way of obedience to objective truth. It takes a mind formed by love itself, Christ, to have the courage to preach the Gospel of Life. The nature of priesthood invites a man to … [Read more...]

Priests for the New Evangelization

Pope John Paul II’s personality illustrates most clearly what the ideal priest of the new millennium ought to be. His close friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI, complements this ideal. Besides the allocutions of Popes John Paul … [Read more...]

Prayer as the Channel of Celestial Joy

We can accept, rather than trying to avoid, pain and trials in a spirit allowing us to offer this rarely-appreciated human gift back to God.  This is the cause of St. Francis of Assisi's perfect joy. St. Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de … [Read more...]

The Eternal Priesthood of Jesus Christ

"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” Christ Pantocrator Although there are tens of thousands of priests in the Catholic Church, there is, in the most proper sense of the word, only one Priest, and that … [Read more...]

Honoring the Priesthood in June

To those enjoying the memories, blessed anniversary! To those still relishing your freshly-chrismed hands, congratulations! As June is upon us, we at HPR would like to thank all of you who are celebrating your priestly ordinations … [Read more...]