Homilies for March 2015

Second Sunday of Lent—March 1, 2015 The … [Continue Reading]

"The Transfiguration", by Giulio Romano.

Revisiting the Rabbits

He said it. I wish he hadn’t said it, but he said it: “God gives … [Continue Reading]

Meconi photos 2-18-15

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Fr. Bob (that’s what we’ll call him) was a faithful parish priest … [Continue Reading]

Shaneyfelt-Maher photos 2-21-15

“We Will Be Judged by Love”—and Other Insights of Jorge Bergoglio

We are still trying to figure out the thought of Pope Francis. … [Continue Reading]

Echeverria photos 2-17-15

What Does Authority Have to Do with Religion?

“Authority” is generally used as a derogatory term in our world. … [Continue Reading]

McDermott photos 2-19-15

Jansenism and Ireland

Too often, writers claim that classic Irish religious culture was … [Continue Reading]

Van Hove photos 2-22-15

Winter Reading for February 2015

Masters of Preaching: More Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church … [Continue Reading]

Winter reading for FEB 2015

Notre Dame University president Fr. Theodore Hesburgh has passed. RIP. Read his essay on Cardinal Newman and the university, "Looking Back at Newman".

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"The Transfiguration", by Giulio Romano.

Homilies for March 2015

Second Sunday of Lent—March 1, 2015 The Transfiguration Purpose: This Sunday’s readings focus on the idea of sacrifice. Abraham offers the greatest sacrifice of thanksgiving possible, his only son Isaac. This sacrifice … continue reading..

Meconi photos 2-18-15

Revisiting the Rabbits

He said it. I wish he hadn’t said it, but he said it: “God gives you methods to be responsible. ... Some think that—excuse the word—that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits. No.” Pope Francis’ … continue reading..

Shaneyfelt-Maher photos 2-21-15

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

Fr. Bob (that’s what we’ll call him) was a faithful parish priest for more than 25 years. One day, a process server showed up at the rectory door and handed him a summons and complaint. The complaint alleged that some 20 years … continue reading..

Echeverria photos 2-17-15

“We Will Be Judged by Love”—and Other Insights of Jorge Bergoglio

We are still trying to figure out the thought of Pope Francis. Examining several insights in his collection of writings and talks, entitled, Only Love Can Save Us, will help. Embedded in letters, homilies, and talks he wrote … continue reading..

McDermott photos 2-19-15

What Does Authority Have to Do with Religion?

“Authority” is generally used as a derogatory term in our world. Nazism gave the word a bad name as German officials, one after another, at the Nuremburg war trials sought to excuse themselves by claiming that they were just … continue reading..

Van Hove photos 2-22-15

Jansenism and Ireland

Too often, writers claim that classic Irish religious culture was “Jansenistic,” or pessimistic, and that Ireland was nothing more than an island with a dark and dreary religious history. Harsh critics point to the recent … continue reading..

Winter reading for FEB 2015

Winter Reading for February 2015

Masters of Preaching: More Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History, Vol. 2. Ray E. Atwood (Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books/University of America Press, 2014) xiv + 469 pages. (Reviewed by Fr. David Vincent Meconi, … continue reading..

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