Checking the Calendar

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(The Ephiphany) celebrates the end of man’s being held captive by the natural elements.  We are not fated but free. None of us is pre-determined, but now made children of God by the humanity of his only divine Son.     God the … [Read more...]

Still Needing Your Help to Spread the “Good News”

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The good news is that we are currently reaching anywhere from 10,000 to 16,000 readers around the world in any given week. Please consider a donation towards keeping HPR online in 2014! "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations" by Harry … [Read more...]

Glory to God in the Highest!

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And Peace to His People on Earth! Adoration of the Shepherds by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo Gospel  Reading December 25, 2013, Midnight Mass Lk 2:8-14 ...Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the … [Read more...]

Understanding Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium”

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Evangelii Gaudium is ostensibly the Pope’s response to the Synod last October ... but it is much more than a simple reporting on what happened there.  It is the outlining of the key themes Pope Francis hopes will constitute his … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Thanksgiving Time Reading For November 2013 Reviews for the following books: REASONABLE PLEASURES. By James V. Schall, S.J. (Ignatius Press, San Francisco 2013), 218 pp.  PB $16.95. (Reviewed by Mr. Sean M. Salai, … [Read more...]

Mysterium Fidei: The Year and the Encyclical

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Both Benedict and Francis must see the need to stress the basic theological virtue of trusting in God for a reason at this point in time. November brings the Year of Faith to an end.  And what a year it was.  The Year of Faith was … [Read more...]

Homilies for November 2013

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for November 2013 Christ's invitation to Zacchaeus by Tissot Your House Today! 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 3, 2013 Purpose: Today’s Gospel is very conducive to leading … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Late Fall Reading For October 2013 Reviews for the following books: REBUILDING CATHOLIC CULTURE: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life. By Ryan S. Topping. (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2012), 265 pp.  … [Read more...]

“La Petite Voie” of Thérése of Lisieux

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Here was one of the most brilliant popes the Church has ever seen declaring that little Thérése Martin was to be studied and analyzed alongside the great Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Robert Bellarmine!  St. Therese of Lisieux: as a … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Early Fall Reading For September 2013 Reviews for the following books: SPOUSAL PRAYER: A Way to Marital Happiness. by Deacon Jim Keating, Ph.D., (Institute for Priestly Formation,Omaha, NE ) 54 pp. PB $6.95; and THE PARISH AS A SCHOOL … [Read more...]

Letter on Students and Fatherhood

With a new school year upon us, I am reminded of all the school years that have come and gone.  Our students graduate, discern, move on. Yet, I remain with memories as the only yield from this field of fond faces which by God’s graces … [Read more...]

On Addressing the Dignity of Man and Masculinity

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How would men today be more able to live out their own unique discipleship and role in both the world, and in the Church, if we were able to articulate how men embody the Christian vocation to holiness in exclusive and particular … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Late Summer Reading For August 2013   Reviews for the following books: A MYSTICISM OF KINDNESS: The Biography of “Marie Christine.”  By Astrid M. O’Brien. (Scranton: Scranton University Press, 2010). (Reviewed by Rev. John J. … [Read more...]

St. Joseph, “blessed spouse of Mary”

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Scripture and sacred tradition do not tell us too much about Joseph.  Yet, all we need to know is that the heart of his life beats between Mary and Jesus, how he found his truest self between our Lady and her God. St. Joseph and the … [Read more...]

Celebrating “Humanae Vitae” 45 Years Later

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The one night stand may not have been born in the 60s, but it was granted acceptance and serial permanence. ... the Holy Father saw how a general lowering of overall morality would be the result of such self-centeredness. Humanae Vitae … [Read more...]

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