Dante, the World’s Second Greatest Poet

Meconi photos 4-22-15

Sometime this month back in 1265, exactly 750 years ago, the World’s Second Greatest Poet was born in Florence, Dante Alighieri. Not many realize that Popes Benedict XV and Paul VI issued official Vatican statements lauding Dante for the … [Read more...]

My Ways or Your Ways?

Meconi photos 3-23-15

What do ISIS, the Chinese government, and many Catholics have in common? It begins like a bad joke, I know, but none of them allows Christ’s Church to carry out her mission fully. Reading the papers these past few weeks only confirms a … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Rabbits

Meconi photos 2-18-15

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’ unguarded … [Read more...]

The Holy Land

The city of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.
(Photos provided by Fr. Meconi)

Spending the Christmas season in the Holy Land has made me much more sensitive to how communities are “ringing in” the New Year. As the date turned from 2014 to 2015, two very different calls for solidarity made the news. On the one … [Read more...]

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

Meconi photos 11-8-14

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

Meconi photos 10-7-14

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

Pope Francis and Islam collage rev.

...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...]

God’s Love for Us

God's love for us collage

...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

God of Created Ideas collage

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...]

Abuse & Scandal

Pope-Francis-talking with children collage

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...]

“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...]

Our Lenten Imitation of Christ

Lenten-imitation-of-Christ-collage[1]

...Lent is a time of imitating Christ ... a plan to follow Christ, led by the Spirit, to wherever he desires to take us.    For the Church’s Season of Lent this year, Pope Francis has invited us all to reflect on the significance of 2 … [Read more...]

The Papacy: The Person Versus The Office

Papacy Office vs. Person colllage 3

What draws the secular media to the Vatican ... (for now) is the man who is able to translate these truths into action, and to proclaim our doctrine with personal conviction.     It is one of those few moments forever emblazoned on … [Read more...]

Checking the Calendar

God_the_Father guiding us to Bethlehem collage

(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...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds