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About Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ

Fr. David Meconi, S.J. is professor of patristic theology at St. Louis University and editor of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review (HPR). Fr. Meconi would like you to know that he offers Mass each month for readers of HPR; please be assured of his prayers for you.

Why God Becomes Human

Compassion, by William A. Bouguereau, 1897.

The Advent and Christmas seasons are upon us. Like the reality itself, we Christians have to look more deeply to see the mystery beneath the glitter and the commotion. God has now descended into his creation to take up his rightful place as … [Read more...]

Reflections on God’s Providence

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November always begins with our remembering what true life in Christ looks like—All Saints—and ends with our anticipation of a new chance at that same rejuvenation—Advent. In the Christian calendar, November is the month of … [Read more...]

Holiness and Helmets

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A monthly editorial will always lag a bit behind current affairs, especially these days, when most of us no longer get our headlines once a day from a morning newspaper, but off the internet every couple of minutes. Yet, these past few … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Islam

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...with all the headlines, and all the ugly truths surrounding ISIS, and other Islamic factions, how is a Christian to think of such a religion which is seemingly intent on destroying Christians and the Gospel of Jesus?  Pope … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Masters of Preaching: The Most Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History.  Fr. Ray A. Atwood (New York: Hamilton Books, 2012) xviii + 304 pages; $34.99. (Reviewed by Fr. David Maconi, S.J.) ____________ Clare’s Costly … [Read more...]

God’s Love for Us

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...the Son Jesus Christ has revealed the true nature of God the Father’s love for us: a love who becomes incarnate, not despite our sinfulness, but precisely because of it—a love that longs to suffer on behalf of the beloved, a love … [Read more...]

A God of Created Desires

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The Lord has given us desires, and wants to fulfill them, with his care, and with his peace; he wants us to flourish in knowing him, and directing all endeavors and expectations to him. St. Ignatius of Loyola knew, better than most, of … [Read more...]

Come, Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit Pentecost Flames collage

 Feast of Pentecost, June 2014 Sequence – Veni, Sancte Spiritus Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms … [Read more...]

Abuse & Scandal

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We see in Francis’ interactions with children Jesus’ own special affection for God’s littlest and most vulnerable ones.  And it is that same reverence and love which must be the work of every Christian, priests first and … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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  Spring Reading for May 2014 Living Well: Homilies/Meditations on the Virtues. By James F. Quigley, OP (Rome: Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2012), 102 pp., €13, 00. (Reviewed by Tracy Wietecha.) ____________ God’s … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2014

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for May 2014 Feast of the Ascension 3rd Sunday of Easter—May 4, 2014 Stay with Us. Purpose: The Road to Emmaus is one of the most popular post-Resurrection stories and it offers    … [Read more...]

Pope John XXIII, 1958-1963: A Brief Biography

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"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." - … [Read more...]

He is Risen!

He is Risen! collage

Easter Sequence Victimæ 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 that … [Read more...]

“Ex Corde Ecclesiae” and the Importance of a Catholic Education

A Catholic Education editorial

Ex Corde ... is not a document that stifles academic research or expression; it is a document that simply wants to allow Catholic schools to be, well, Catholic. Was it not William F. Buckley who famously quipped that he would rather be … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

Early Spring Book Reviews

 Early Spring Reading for April 2014   Aprender a Amar: 30 preguntas para no equivocarse en la aventura más importante en la vida. By Pontificio Instituto Juan Pablo II (Ignatius: San Francisco, 2011) 62 pp. (Reviewed by Francisco … [Read more...]

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