“How I Got to Be Ninety-Five”

The party was suffused with joy and Christian charity in celebrating the birthday of a mature man trying follow our Lord’s commandment: "Love one another." Recently, I attended a birthday party for an uncle who just turned ninety-five. T … [Read more...]

Honoring the Priesthood in June

To those enjoying the memories, blessed anniversary! To those still relishing your freshly-chrismed hands, congratulations! As June is upon us, we at HPR would like to thank all of you who are celebrating your priestly ordinations … [Read more...]

The Hypostatic Union

The Hypostatic Union had a profound effect on Jesus’ human nature, as he is both true man and, also, God. Jesus is not a human person like us, but a divine Person.   Holy Trinity by Hendrick Van Balen Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the foun … [Read more...]

The Interior Life

The interior life for a Catholic means finding God in all things, leading to a life of contemplation in action. Faith in Jesus Christ has consequences.  A devout Catholic, who takes his faith seriously, will live in way that is in … [Read more...]

REJOICE!

He is risen!

Blessed Easter to you! And, please, know that you will all be remembered at Mass this Easter Season. What a wonder, what a truth, what a feast! Today, all death is destroyed and every longing is fulfilled. In his infinite mercy, the … [Read more...]

Living as a creature

Editorial for February 2012

The Bible begins with the solemn words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).   The Nicene Creed, which we pray at every Sunday Mass, begins: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and ear … [Read more...]

Seeing man from the eyes of Christ

Jesus Christ, God and Man, is the center and heart of our Catholic faith.   In the Creed, we express our belief in certain events of his life and in certain truths concerning him: that he is the only Son of the Father, God from God, c … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving

Editorial, November 2011

Thanksgiving Day, on the last Thursday in November, is a major event in American culture and life. On this day, most Americans want to be, and try to be, home with their family. The feast is 400 years old, and was made a national holiday by … [Read more...]

Presuppositions of Darwinism

Editorial, October 2011

In his textbook, Philosophical Psychology (FSSP, Elmhurst, PA 1999), Prof. D.Q. McInerny lists and evaluates the six presuppositions of Darwinist evolution. The first presupposition is that life came to be, the way it is on earth, through n … [Read more...]

The “New Atheists”

Editorial, August 2011

Books promoting atheism have been selling very well in recent years. The main proponents, the “New Atheists,” are biologist Richard Dawkins, philosophers Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris, and journalist Christopher Hitchens. A recent clo … [Read more...]

Scripture breathes the Holy Spirit

Editorial, June/July 2011

Recently I read a little book on the mystery of God’s word by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M.Cap. (Jesus Began to Preach, Liturgical Press, 2010). The author is the well-known theologian and preacher to the papal household.  He has held th … [Read more...]

The will of God

Editorial, May 2011

Over the years, in reading the lives of the saints, I have noted that they have tried to find God’s will in their lives. When they found it, they did all they could to follow it. There are many different paths to holiness—to which we are all … [Read more...]

How to be a good confessor

Editorial, April 2011

God became man in Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. To accomplish that until his Second Coming, he established his Church with the power of the keys and animated her with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The new life of grace that he … [Read more...]

Dust thou art

Editorial, February 2011

Ash Wednesday usually occurs in February, but this year it comes later, on March 9. “Dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return.” The Church offers this prayer for each one of us as the priest traces a black cross on our foreheads with the … [Read more...]

Heart of the Mass: Transubstantiation

Editorial, January 2011

The heart of Catholic worship of God is located in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The one thing Catholics are commanded to do each week is to attend Mass on Sunday and to take part in the divine worship. The main event in salvation history … [Read more...]