Archives for June 2013

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage: “Tragic Day for Marriage and our Nation”

Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father. June 26, 2013 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2013

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for July 2013 Christ sending out the 72 disciples - By Tissot 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time—July 7, 2013 True Peace I Leave You! Purpose: The peace Jesus Christ is not the mere cessation of … [Read more...]

Celiac Disease and Holy Communion: A Medical and Spiritual Dilemma

In this article, I hope to inform as many people as possible ... about the damaging spiritual and physical effects of celiac disease. And ... provide resources and pastoral recommendations for caring for individuals who may be unable to … [Read more...]

Rallying for Religious Freedom under the Shadow of Planned Parenthood

Our Founding Fathers understood that when the state oversteps its boundaries—offending its very charge and offending the rights of the people—we must stand up. We stand today in a shadow cast by this massive Planned Parenthood facility, … [Read more...]

Should homilies offer systematic instruction?

...there has been, in my view, a serious neglect of instruction of the faithful in the fundamentals of the Catholic faith in a systematic way in most of our parishes. Recently a priest friend asked me, “How can we teach the faith during … [Read more...]

Jesus and Marriage? A Theological Response

The celibacy of Jesus, and the Christian response to it, is ultimately a question of love, an intimate relation that is hard to grasp for modern man looking in from the outside.    Early papyrus fragment of "wife of Jesus;" Jesus Christ … [Read more...]

Prayer as the Wellspring for Positive Transformation

As long as we are faithful to prayer, we maintain a clarity of vision that promotes higher ideals and elevated standards of conduct.  ... The more we pray, the more its fruits nourish our daily lives. John Chrysostom once wrote: “Prayer … [Read more...]

Spirituality for Widows

In the New Testament, widows flourish in their ministry as they draw close to Christ and to Christ’s people. They are free to follow the Crucified One ... Concerning widows in the early Church ... some of them constituted the first form of … [Read more...]

Holy Communion: Sharing in the Threefold Munus of the Divine Gladiator

The Church early on espoused munus to designate the triple character or office of the God-Man, Jesus Christ: he is at the same time Priest, Prophet and King or Shepherd. Gladiators fighting to the death; Christ's glorious resurrection … [Read more...]

Vocation for the Wives of Ordained Permanent Deacons

Women who pray for the Church, and who are spouses of permanent deacons (or those in formation), are undoubtedly responding to a unique grace of personal mission that comes to them as a result of their baptism.   I was at a retreat in … [Read more...]

Discernment and Communion

If young people want to properly discern a vocation, they need an expert to help guide them. In the Church of San Luigi Dei Francesi in Rome, there are the three famous paintings of the life of St. Matthew by the great Baroque artist … [Read more...]

June is Vocations Month

Congratulations!     Our prayers and best wishes to all those ordained to the priesthood and the diaconate this month, and all those taking final vows for religious life! May God bless you and be … [Read more...]