Home and School in American Catholic Life

Home and School in American Life collage

This essay argues that understanding the historical reasons why Catholic schools and homeschooling arose can help one to see how both may contribute to the revitalization of a Catholic subculture and American society in complementary … [Read more...]

The Problem with “A Personal Relationship with Jesus”

Boyd photos 7-9-14

... a baptized, confirmed Catholic who faithfully partakes of the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion in the manner prescribed by the Church certainly has a “personal relationship” with Jesus, whether or not he or she uses … [Read more...]

Shakespeare and the Franciscan Order

Colston photos 7-6-14

Shakespeare’s most famous Franciscan character is Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet. ... Friar Laurence indirectly relates tragic paradox to divine power; grace so fills the world that evil can be brought out of good, yet, good can also … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2014

Sacred Heart collage for July homilies

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, July 2014   14th Sunday of Ordinary Time—July 6, 2014 Jesus, meek and humble of heart Purpose: Today’s readings provide one of the most wonderful opportunities, in the three-year … [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...]

Decoding Vatican II’s Marian Paradigm Shift

Sauppe photos 6-22-14

This Vatican II Mariological paradigmatic shift reverberated into all areas of ecclesial theology and liturgy, through a new hermeneutic or interpretation that went beyond the council’s purview and became what is described as a new ethos, … [Read more...]

The “Inhumanity” of the Homosexual Lifestyle

Conner photos 6-23-14

To love as a person is freely to wish goodness for someone ... Love always wants to affirm, and to better, one’s friend. Through the power of free choice, true love makes the friend, not the self, the beneficiary. Can there be a … [Read more...]

The Giver and the Gift

Kestermeier photos 6-20-14

God is himself the first, and absolutely the most important gift that God gives to us, which implies a second gift: God gives us our very selves. One thing that people seem to do in all cultures is to give gifts, and this is always … [Read more...]

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help for Priests

Looney photos 6-21-14

The message the Queen of Heaven gave to Adele Brise in 1859 was mission-oriented and provides a focus to the Church’s efforts of evangelization. The conversation between Adele and Our Lady is quite telling, emphasizing a two-fold … [Read more...]

Memory: Wired for God in the Eucharist

Hollcraft photos 6-24-14

So, as we reflect on the principle of memory, we are drawn into what lies at the center of it all, Christ and his words in the institution of the Eucharist: “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19; 1 Cor.15:25). No Ordinary … [Read more...]

The Understanding of Revelation in “Dei Verbum” and the Response of Faith

Gourlay photos 6-7-14

While this notion of revelation, understood as the manifestation of ... Christ himself, has been with the Church since the very beginning. There have been many confusions and reductions over time that have altered the very essence of the … [Read more...]

Giving Our Grief over to the “Man Acquainted with Grief”

Keating photos 6-3-14

With the coming of Christ into the depths of all things human, we now know that even our grief can be given over to the good God ... All losses can become places of life, places of intimacy with Christ, if we show him these wounds caused … [Read more...]

Object-Images, Ego Formation, and Personal Identity: A Christ-Centered Approach

Object images, ego formation, christ centered collage

(This article is) an attempt to provide an understanding of object-images and ego formation, as essential elements of personal identity, laying the foundation for understanding of identity formation in Christ Jesus.   An answer to the … [Read more...]

Believing in the Justice of the Cross: Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega of Faith

Rossetti photos 6-10-14

Adhering with love to the Lord, Victim and Priest, Obedient and Merciful, we embrace him in the real and veiled presence of the broken Bread, and we celebrate the victory against evil, sin, and death.   This essay focuses on the … [Read more...]

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