Archives for August 2015

Homilies for September 2015

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year “B”—September 6, 2015 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090615.cfm  Ephphatha! “Be opened!” Mark’s Gospel is rather racy in style, if we may call it “style,” for in literary terms … [Read more...]

What a Catholic Education Owes Its Students

As our students—big and small—begin to return to school, it is good to be reminded of what a truly Catholic education owes its students. For most of human history, education was a private affair between (usually) a young boy and his tutor. … [Read more...]

The Merciful Call to Holiness

Ever since it was first floated in his 1977 work, Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to apply mercy to those suffering outside full communion with the Church through civil divorce and remarriage has been the source of much debate.[1. Walter … [Read more...]

The Sacrament of Matrimony: A Conversation with Millennials

Abbreviations LG: Lumen Gentium, Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on the Church MR: Missale Romanum (Roman Missal) (2010) SC: Sacrosanctum Concilium, Second Vatican Council Constitution on the Sacred … [Read more...]

Taking Up the Cross Daily by Praying with Our Senses

The term “mortification” has become increasingly less common in contemporary discussions of the spiritual life. One might say it is now nearly absent from such discussions. We hear about someone being “mortified” when they are humiliated, … [Read more...]

The Gift of Law and the Law of Gift

“I can’t understand why your Church makes you live that way,” a friend of mine once said to me, “it’s just not natural!” I fear that many, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, have a similar misunderstanding about nature, law, and the … [Read more...]

Summer Reading for August 2015

Soul-Centered: Spirituality for People on the Go. Jim Clarke. (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015) 144 pages; $14.95. (Reviewed by Melinda Selmys) _____________ Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms. Benjamin … [Read more...]

“Your Ways Are Not My Ways”

Where is God to be found in our secularized western world? It is as if the volume has been turned up on all the distractions and temptations that plague us every single day. Not just the volume, but also the intensity. Everything we see and … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Glorification of Jesus in the Gospel of John

One of the leitmotifs of the Gospel of John is the theme of glory: how the Son receives glory from the Father, and through this reception, the Son is manifested to us.  In fact, the very purpose of the Gospel stated in John … [Read more...]

The Awe-Inspiring Mysteries: The Importance of Mystagogy

(This title is inspired by Edward Yarnold’s The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Initiation: Baptismal Homilies of the Fourth Century (Slough, Great Britain: St. Paul Publications, 1971), the title of which is based on the common language of “awe” … [Read more...]

How Augustine Made Us More than Matter—and Immortal

St. Augustine was fascinated by the human soul. Before and after his conversion to Catholicism, he strove to understand its nature, its relation to the body, and its duration.  Augustine’s thinking on the soul, like the rest of his life, … [Read more...]

An Anthropology of Gaudium et Spes, Part 2

If God freely made us in His image and likeness, then his Word is indispensible to our self-understanding; indeed, “man, male and female” (cf. Gn 1 27), makes “visible” the unfathomable mystery of the Blessed … [Read more...]

The Great Catholic Music Debate

A funeral I attended recently illustrates a musical dilemma that fuels the ire of Catholics on Facebook whenever the subject of liturgy comes up. To set a tone of solemnity, two women chanted a Latin prelude as mourners entered. The … [Read more...]

A Divine Reflection: You and the Holy Eucharist

It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, it would seem that a mirror image of a picture must be worth twice as many words! But what if the mirror shattered into a myriad of pieces, and in every shard the same … [Read more...]