Homilies for May 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 “C” Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 … [Continue Reading]

The Pentecost, by a follower of Bernard van Orely, circa 1530.

Being Single in the Church

In the 2015 film, Brooklyn, there are a number of scenes in which … [Continue Reading]

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Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

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Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

The Fundamental Option

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Photos (left to right): Joseph Boyle, Jr.; Josef Fuchs, S.J.; Pope John Paul II.

A Comment on Vatican II’s Perfectae Caritatis and Its Aftermath

It has been 50 years since the close of Vatican II, and certainly the … [Continue Reading]

Elegy, by Karol Tichy (c. 1900).

Evangelization & Scripture: The Pastoral Prerequisites for Mass

The Sacred Liturgy is “an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus … [Continue Reading]

Detail, Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, Ghent altarpiece, Jan van Eyck (1430-32).

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Homilies for May 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 “C” Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 ● Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 ●  Jn 14:23-29 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050116.cfm  Living out the New Covenant The readings that the Church sets before … continue reading..

Being Single in the Church

In the 2015 film, Brooklyn, there are a number of scenes in which young Eilis Lacey, a recent immigrant from Ireland, goes to several dances organized by her local church. There, she and her friends are courted by young gentlemen, … continue reading..

Serving LGBT Students in Catholic Schools

How do Catholic schools best serve students who struggle with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria (popularly called “transgendered”)? What should a school’s policies prescribe in order to prevent confusion, disputes and even … continue reading..

The Fundamental Option

For years now in the post-conciliar period, the concept of the fundamental option—which some have likened to St. Thomas Aquinas’s notion of a commitment to an “Ultimate End” as the first principle of moral action (see Benedict M. … continue reading..

A Comment on Vatican II’s Perfectae Caritatis and Its Aftermath

It has been 50 years since the close of Vatican II, and certainly the Church has found great hope for the future in the Spirit-guided accomplishments of that great ecumenical Council. The Church has experienced authentic renewal … continue reading..

Evangelization & Scripture: The Pastoral Prerequisites for Mass

The Sacred Liturgy is “an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ” by which the sanctification of mankind is “signified by signs” “and is effected in a way which corresponds with each of these signs … it is a sacred action … continue reading..

Ideas for Pastoral Ministry from the Philosophy of Love of Dietrich Von Hildebrand

My Encounter with the Philosophy of Love of Dietrich Von Hildebrand In the year 1958, I was a young atheist philosophy major about to give up on finding truth or love—as I couldn’t find either truth or love at the non-religious … continue reading..

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Homilies for May 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 “C” Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 ● Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 ●  Jn … more...

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What Would Pope Francis Do? By Sean Salai, S.J. (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2016), … more...

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The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today. John Michael Talbot with … more...

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