Christ is Risen, allelujah!

Sequence — Victimae Paschali Laudes Christians, to the Paschal … [Continue Reading]

The Temptations of Christ and the Paschal Triduum

I am not sure what to call this. It is not an exegesis. As a … [Continue Reading]

The Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane in the Monothelite Controversy

In this article, originally published in French in the Actes du … [Continue Reading]

Accusation, Forgiveness, and the Joy of Forgetting

The greatest problem any one of us human beings has is sin. Sin can … [Continue Reading]

Lumen Fidei and the Revelation of God’s Love as the Foundation of Our Faith

Introduction In his encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis … [Continue Reading]

The Imperishable Crown

At the heart of the mystery of Christian life is a paradox: although … [Continue Reading]

“Do You Love Me more than … These?”

Introduction The catch of exactly 153 fish in the closing chapter 21 … [Continue Reading]

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Question:  Why was baptism by John so crucial for Jesus, but not for … [Continue Reading]

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Christ is Risen, allelujah!

Sequence — Victimae Paschali Laudes Christians, to the Paschal Victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in … continue reading..

The Temptations of Christ and the Paschal Triduum

I am not sure what to call this. It is not an exegesis. As a theological reflection, it lacks a certain rigor. It does seem to work as a spiritual/homiletic/liturgical reflection, and that’s how I’ve proposed this when I have … continue reading..

The Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane in the Monothelite Controversy

In this article, originally published in French in the Actes du Symposium sur Maxime le Confesseur (1982), François-Marie Léthel shows how the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane factored into the monothelite controversy. Léthel first … continue reading..

Accusation, Forgiveness, and the Joy of Forgetting

The greatest problem any one of us human beings has is sin. Sin can make our lives miserable on earth, and, if it is unrepented and unforgiven, it can result in everlasting misery. When the priest-prophet Zechariah foretold the … continue reading..

Lumen Fidei and the Revelation of God’s Love as the Foundation of Our Faith

Introduction In his encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis greatly emphasizes the importance of believing in God’s love for us. The prominence of this theme is indicated by the title of the encyclical’s first chapter, "We … continue reading..

The Imperishable Crown

At the heart of the mystery of Christian life is a paradox: although those who are baptized receive all of the supernatural grace necessary for entering eternal life, they do not on that account escape the harsh reality of the … continue reading..

“Do You Love Me more than … These?”

Introduction The catch of exactly 153 fish in the closing chapter 21 of John’s Gospel has been an exegetical challenge for a very long time. “So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and … continue reading..

Questions Answered

Question:  Why was baptism by John so crucial for Jesus, but not for Jesus’ followers? Answer: The baptism by John is the last in a number of rituals established by God as a part of the progressive preparation of the human race … continue reading..

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Homilies for April 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent—April 2, 2017 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/040217.cfm EZ 37:12-14; PS … more...

Homilies for March 2017

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