Archives for August 2013

Letter on Students and Fatherhood

With a new school year upon us, I am reminded of all the school years that have come and gone.  Our students graduate, discern, move on. Yet, I remain with memories as the only yield from this field of fond faces which by God’s graces with … [Read more...]

Homilies for September 2013

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for September 2013 Return of the Prodigal Son 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 1, 2013 Humility: Defined and Practiced Purpose: Humility is simply being true to the graces the Lord … [Read more...]

On Addressing the Dignity of Man and Masculinity

How would men today be more able to live out their own unique discipleship and role in both the world, and in the Church, if we were able to articulate how men embody the Christian vocation to holiness in exclusive and particular … [Read more...]

Preaching IN and TO a Post-Modern World

Indeed, preaching must be improved.  However, before preaching can be improved, one must first be aware of the cultural context in which one lives today. Jesus asked by chief priests by what authority he preaches - By Tissot Over the … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and Doxology

Orthodoxy is both right praise and right teaching. Orthodox understanding of, and adoration of, the Blessed Trinity is the most critical component of our unity in Christ. St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (1:12) reminds us that in … [Read more...]

Combating the Contraceptive Understanding of Celibacy

On the one hand, we must appreciate how sex is holy. It might be good to say “holy” instead of “good.” Ironically, the idea that celibacy is a sacrifice treats sex as a good in the same way that a candy bar is a good. But this view belongs … [Read more...]

The Heart of Hope

Since Christians are called to be Christ in the world ... we have to allow Christ’s Spirit to embrace suffering in love within us, for without his Spirit abiding within us, we would never have the strength to suffer out of love.   Many of … [Read more...]

Abortion: Unmasking the Demon

It is true that fatherhood is the main target of Satan’s forces, but his is a multi-pronged strategy which includes the destruction of motherhood and childhood. This is blatant in abortions.   The spiritual dimension of abortion, based on … [Read more...]

Dietrich von Hildebrand on the Natural Ends of Religion

The ultimate aim of all authentic religious practice, von Hildebrand always insists, is the creation of a truly supernatural life in the soul of the believer, in order to bring him to a final end with God that fallen nature can never hope … [Read more...]

Faith, Hope, and Charity

I would like to propose what I believe is the solution to a major source of misunderstanding between Catholics and Protestants on the one hand, and theologians and exegetes on the other. Christ Sleeping Through the Storm at Sea by … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

Late Summer Reading For August 2013   Reviews for the following books: A MYSTICISM OF KINDNESS: The Biography of “Marie Christine.”  By Astrid M. O’Brien. (Scranton: Scranton University Press, 2010). (Reviewed by Rev. John J. Conley, … [Read more...]

Aquinas’s Vision of Divine and Human Happiness

St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that only the pure of heart see God without distortion ... Sharing the mind and heart of Christ, we share the eternal happiness of his vision.   Holy Trinty by Rubens We all have some vision or other of God … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Is there another theory of the origin of the Synoptic Gospels besides Marcan (or "Markan") priority? How important is the ceremony in the liturgy?      Authors of the Synoptic Gospels: Saints Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Question: Is … [Read more...]

Recovering the Christian Tradition: Self-denial & Self-fulfillment

It is time now, on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, to focus the light on the recovery of the riches of the Christian message regarding self-fulfillment and self-denial ... to enrich the new culture with the old. Christ and the Woman … [Read more...]

St. Joseph, “blessed spouse of Mary”

Scripture and sacred tradition do not tell us too much about Joseph.  Yet, all we need to know is that the heart of his life beats between Mary and Jesus, how he found his truest self between our Lady and her God. St. Joseph and the Baby … [Read more...]