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The Way, The Truth, and The Life

God’s divine revelation of himself to humanity is brought to its completion, and fullest realization, in the divine person of Jesus Christ, who, throughout sacred scripture and sacred tradition, reveals himself as “one in being [or essence] … [Read more...]

Divorce, Remarriage, and “Discerning the Body”

Introduction Over the past year since its release, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (hereafter AL), has elicited a great deal of consternation among the faithful of the Catholic Church. The controversy surrounding the … [Read more...]

Praise or Pretense for Catholic Schools?

It’s always nice to know the hard-earned reputation of Catholic schools—from the early struggles of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to the 1950s, when our schools were bursting at the seams with record enrollments—still lingers today. But if … [Read more...]

On the Significance of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

In 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted May 1 to be the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. This feast, which perhaps intentionally coincided with “May Day” and “International Workers Day,” seeks to remind us of the spiritual dimension of man’s … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Question:  If a couple is in the state of mortal sin because of cohabitation before marriage without confession, is the marriage still a valid sacramental marriage? If not, when does it become a sacramental marriage? Answer:  This … [Read more...]

Homilies for May 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter—May 7, 2017 Readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042617.cfm ACTS 2:14A, 36-41; PS 23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6; 1 PT 2:20B-2; JN 10:1-10 “I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7). The Poverty of the Shepherd A … [Read more...]

The Stability of the Cross

The movements of Holy Week and Eastertide are enacted to bring the Christian people to the stability of a pierced love that cannot be shaken. Year after year, the Cross beckons and asks if we are faithful in our love, if we can stand with … [Read more...]

Chapter Eight of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia”

For a guided reading Chapter Eight of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia is significantly entitled: "Accompanying, discerning and integrating weakness." This part of the document is not very large, because it is … [Read more...]

Wilderness versus Pseudo-Paradise

Introduction Last year on March 17, 2016, the government of the United States had issued a formal statement regarding Christian genocide in our days: Secretary of State John Kerry declared that ISIS is committing genocide against … [Read more...]

Liturgy as an Act of Leisure

We frequently hear that the liturgy is the “source and summit” of the Christian life, a quote from the Vatican II document, Lumen gentium. We often do not get the whole context for this small part of the quote. In a slightly different … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians and the Modern Church

With the recent meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, and all Russia, it is important and helpful to remind ourselves of developments in the Church’s teachings regarding our Eastern brothers. This article explores how … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Heart of Mary as the The Perfect Custodian of the Human Heart

Showing us a disposition to be acquired, as well as admired. Can anyone doubt that we live in times of great moral danger, perhaps as great as at any time in human history? Any recitation of grave evils in the world need go no further … [Read more...]

Christ is Risen, allelujah!

Sequence — Victimae Paschali Laudes Christians, to the Paschal Victim Offer your thankful praises! A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in that combat … [Read more...]

The Temptations of Christ and the Paschal Triduum

I am not sure what to call this. It is not an exegesis. As a theological reflection, it lacks a certain rigor. It does seem to work as a spiritual/homiletic/liturgical reflection, and that’s how I’ve proposed this when I have taught it, and … [Read more...]

The Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane in the Monothelite Controversy

In this article, originally published in French in the Actes du Symposium sur Maxime le Confesseur (1982), François-Marie Léthel shows how the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane factored into the monothelite controversy. Léthel first focuses on … [Read more...]