Theology of the Body: Insights for the Synod on the Family

Kahn photos 5-26-15

Introduction The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family, in October 2015, faces a huge challenge. The preparatory document for the synod reminded us that many families find themselves crushed and abandoned. [1. Holy See, "The Vocation … [Read more...]

The Meaning of the Wilderness

Art for Weber's article Meaning of the Wilderness

Man of Sorrows by William Dyce, 1860. It is characteristic of God in Scripture to lead chosen people into the isolation and barrenness of the wilderness or desert. [1. One author calls it “one of the most basic in biblical tradition, and … [Read more...]

The Thrill of Anticipation: Encountering God in the Eucharist

Encountering God in the Eucharist art -Sr. Teresa Benedicta

How Previous Ages have seen the Eucharist At one point during the Communist takeover in China, the Communists came to a remote village where Catholicism was lived with great vigor. They imprisoned the local priest in his own rectory, … [Read more...]

Summer Reading for June 2015

Book Review photos 5-29-15

Our Father, Who Art on Earth: The Lord’s Prayer for Believers and Unbelievers. Jose Tolentino Mendonca, with a Foreword by Enzo Bianchi. (Mahwah, New Jersey/New York: Paulist Press, 2012) 114 pages; $14.95. (Reviewed by Brandon … [Read more...]

“The Indelible Mark”

Senz's  Indelible Mark artwork

The history of the development of doctrine is, in many ways, a history of language. It is a story of the perpetual struggle to adequately communicate the divine realities in human words, or at the very least, to attempt to do so without … [Read more...]

Promoting Devotion to Wisconsin’s Approved Marian Apparition among Catechists

Looney photos 5-7-15

Parish religious education programs will soon be gearing up for another year of instructing children in their religion. Parents have registered their children; curriculums and lesson plans are being drafted, and catechists are being … [Read more...]

The Beauty That Beckons Us

Cunningham photos-5-9-15

(As HPR’s way of honoring the lifelong work of our brother Jesuit, Fr. John Navone, SJ, we shall run Gonzaga University’s Dr. Cunningham’s essay in two parts over the next two months.) Part One Introduction This work was written … [Read more...]

Dean Koontz’s Odd Catholicism

Art for Stephen Mirarchi

When EWTN aired Raymond Arroyo’s first "World Over" television interview with Dean Koontz on October 18, 2012, many viewers were surprised to learn that the author of over a dozen #1 New York Times bestsellers is a practicing Catholic. … [Read more...]

Sexuality and Spirituality

Cioni photos 5-10-15

Abstract: This paper attempts to show the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, and ways to attain profound union between husbands and wives. Incorporating spirituality with sexual behavior enhances the capacity for satisfaction … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage?

Clark photos 5-2-15

The question of same-sex marriage is complex in various ways: legally, morally, sociologically, and psychologically. It is not the purpose here, however, to analyze the phenomenon of same-sex unions under any of those aspects. The more … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2015

Endres photos 4-25-15

Fifth Sunday of Easter—May 3, 2015 Our Utter Dependence on God Purpose: Self-reliance is not a Christian virtue; instead, the Gospel teaches us reliance on God. It is in the midst of our failures and brokenness that we come to know … [Read more...]

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...]

Best Practices for Clergy Assignment Boards

Lundholm-Eades photos 4-21-15

This is an assembly of some best practices for clergy assignment boards, gleaned from examples in dioceses across the U.S., encountered while doing numerous assessments of chanceries relative to best practices at the request of their … [Read more...]

The Resolution of Conflicts in Priestly Life and Relationships

Fitzgibbons article artwork on priests' conflict resolution

Loving, supportive and mutually encouraging relationships among priests are essential to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of priests and to their ministry[1. Richard Fitzgibbons. “The Origins, Manifestation, and … [Read more...]

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