What Every Chancery Needs to Consider

Lundholm-Eades photos 10-23-14

While every chancery is unique, some clearly function better than others. There are, in fact, six common, key differentiators (listed below) which separate the highest functioning chanceries from those that are simply well functioning. I … [Read more...]

Scriptural Iconography Communicating Our Vision of God

The Transfiguration, by Nikolay Koshelev (19th century).

Literature, whether in the form of narratives, plays, autobiographies, biographies, or histories, is a question-raising work of art for the inquisitive mind seeking understanding. As such, it presents what scholastic philosophy called … [Read more...]

True, Virginal Wife of Joseph

The Holy Family, by Juan Simon Gutierrez (1643-1718).

Recently, a holy, married couple made the following claim regarding the central place of sexual intercourse in sacramental marriage, expressed as a personal insight, gained over the course of more than 50 years of sacramental … [Read more...]

Private Revelation and the Revelations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Luckey photos 10-21-14

The Nature of Private Revelation When thinking about the idea of private revelation, it occurs to one that there is, and has been, a lot of it going around for centuries; and the reason that it is so successful, both the true and the … [Read more...]

Past and Present Conceptions of Tradition: Looking at the Synod on the Family

Brotherton photos-10-12-14

“Tradition” is one of the most important concepts in Christianity, and yet, it is a term very often misunderstood among Catholics, let alone other Christians. I propose that this is precisely why the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, … [Read more...]

In the Fullness of Time: The Fullness of Family

The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, by Carl H. Bloch (1869).

The incident related in the Gospel of Luke, celebrated as the “Finding in the Temple,” has always been troubling. It’s the one and only glimpse we’re given into the “secret life” of the Holy Family. Earlier, we see baby Jesus … [Read more...]

The Eucharist: From Corinth to Liege

The Last Supper, by Benjamin West (1786).

Many converts to the Catholic faith are surprised by the lack of devotion to the Eucharist evident among those attending Mass—their poor unconvincing responses to the liturgy, their matter of fact attitude at Holy Communion. As one such … [Read more...]

The Sacred and Inspired Page

St. Matthew and the Angel, by Vincenzo Campi (1588).

In recent years, there has been a renewed discussion on biblical inspiration. “The key concept for understanding the Bible as ‘the word of God in human words’ is certainly that of inspiration.”[1. Verbum Domini (VD) No. 19.  ] … [Read more...]

The Real Presence

Duncan photos 10-8-14

One of the pillars of Catholic doctrine is the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. According to this doctrine, at the consecration of the bread and wine during the Mass, although the appearances remain unchanged, the bread becomes the … [Read more...]

Homilies for October 2014

Homily on caring for the vineyard collage

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, October 2014 27th Sunday in Ordinary time—October 5, 2014 Care of the Vineyard Purpose: The vineyard symbolizes God’s chosen people. The crop yielded by the vineyard and the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Walter Kasper on “Artificial” Birth Control

Kippley photos 9-23-14

I grant that there are some today who erroneously refer to unnatural forms of birth control as “artificial contraception,” but no one today is arguing that the evil of marital contraception is its use of an artifact.  In the online … [Read more...]

Lest They Receive It in Vain

Richard photos 9-22-14

Right lay preparation and interior disposition is necessary to effectively and fruitfully receive the grace of the sacraments, including and especially, the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. The Vatican II Constitution on Sacred … [Read more...]

The Liturgy and the New Evangelization

Liturgy and New Evangelization collage

Not only does the liturgy compel the People of God to spread the Gospel to all nations, but it also gives them the grace to do so. The “reform of the reform” of the Roman Rite is still in its infancy.[1. The argument on whether … [Read more...]

The Sacraments as True Causes of Grace: An Ecumenical Obstacle

Madden photos 9-18-14

If the Church can be accused of anything at all, (it is that) she attributes too much power to God, for it is only she who proclaims to the world that God is so powerful that he takes up creation and uses it to bring about that which he … [Read more...]

Church and State in History and Today

Bulzacchelli photos 9-20-14

Our unwillingness to live our lives upon the horizon of the infinite is an unwillingness to accept the authority of God, who speaks, through his Church, to our consciences. This is the heart of the tension between the secular power and the … [Read more...]

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