In Memoriam

Theologian and priest Fr. Matthew Lamb (June 5, 1937 – January 12, … [Continue Reading]

Homilies for January 2018

Homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of … [Continue Reading]

The True Christmas Exchange

Christmas did not happen only in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. The … [Continue Reading]

Conformed to a Vulnerable Savior

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti’s 2011 study, Why Priests Are Happy,[1. Stephen … [Continue Reading]

Receiving the Gift

(This essay was previously presented at the National Billings … [Continue Reading]

Is a Sense of Humor Necessary for Salvation?

Everyone needs to develop a certain flexibility in life or one simply … [Continue Reading]

Recovering Our Bearings

Many priests consume themselves in work, but become alone and lose … [Continue Reading]

You Shall Rejoice In Your Festival

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The Human Jesus

(First published in "Spirituality," July/August 2013. Dublin: … [Continue Reading]

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In Memoriam

Theologian and priest Fr. Matthew Lamb (June 5, 1937 – January 12, 2018) will be missed in a special way by those of us who had the providential blessing to be his graduate students. He died peacefully and, as providence would … continue reading..

Homilies for January 2018

Homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God—January 1, 2018 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010118.cfm Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21. Mary kept all these things, … continue reading..

The True Christmas Exchange

Christmas did not happen only in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. The coming of Christ is not simply an historical event recorded deep in our human history. If it were, you and I would be historians but not Christians. The days of … continue reading..

Conformed to a Vulnerable Savior

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti’s 2011 study, Why Priests Are Happy,[1. Stephen J. Rossetti, Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2011).] gave the lie to any … continue reading..

Receiving the Gift

(This essay was previously presented at the National Billings Ovulation Method Teachers' Weekend.)[1. Presented at the National Billings Ovulation Method Teachers' Weekend. Perth, Western Australia. May 6, 2017.] If the … continue reading..

Is a Sense of Humor Necessary for Salvation?

Everyone needs to develop a certain flexibility in life or one simply becomes a grump, unable to be a healthy and realistic optimist in the face of trials and difficulties, failures and other mishaps of life. The flexible person … continue reading..

Recovering Our Bearings

Many priests consume themselves in work, but become alone and lose their bearings. It is thus all the more important that the unity of the presbyterate is lived and experienced. Support everything which strengthens priests to … continue reading..

You Shall Rejoice In Your Festival

Why do we need a command to rejoice in our religious festivals? Simply look out at the sea of faces in the average congregation on a Sunday morning. God instructed the people through Moses, regarding the three major Jewish … continue reading..

The Human Jesus

(First published in "Spirituality," July/August 2013. Dublin: Dominican Publications.) Since the Second Vatican Council, Catholics have come to a better appreciation of the full humanity of Jesus, which was always a part of … continue reading..

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