The Sacraments as True Causes of Grace: An Ecumenical Obstacle

If the Church can be accused of anything at all, (it is that) she attributes too much power to God, for it is only she who proclaims to the world that God is so powerful that he takes up creation and uses it to bring about that which he … [Read more...]

Division

It is good to begin one’s search for truth with the awareness that we are always limited in our possession of truth. That limitation does not mean truth is unattainable.    What Is Truth? by Nickolai Ge, 1890. From the earliest times, … [Read more...]

Personal Holiness and the Homosexual Agenda

... it is imperative that we reclaim the language of covenant within marriage, and that we clarify the vocabulary we use in this debate. We are not simply talking about contracts, but about covenants. In the last several months, we have … [Read more...]

Memories Make the Future

The community of faith throughout the entire biblical tradition has been called to tell its story to others. Jesus affirmed that those who love him will keep his word and share it with others (Jn 14:24)...  Old Testament prophet's … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Can you explain what the general rights and duties are of the state in regard to the family? What does the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) mean by their term “Creative Fidelity”? Question: Can you explain what the … [Read more...]

Living the Christian Life Today: A Formula for Success

The Christian life requires us to be dedicated, persevere in all our endeavors, and be responsible. But without the unifying glue of faith to unite these important qualities, our quest will never be complete. Two details from the Carl H. … [Read more...]

Homosexuality and Vocational Discernment and Choice

A seminary that is on-going in the cultivation and the learning of the skills of virtue as an expression of life-in-Christ, and as lived testimony to the Gospel, will be a seminary that is prepared to discern, and to equip, young men for a … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? “New Evangelization:” What does it mean, and what are its primary focuses?   Question: What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? Answer: Priests know that the … [Read more...]

Helping to Heal the Pain in the Pew: The Preachers Role

This sex abuse scandal is, perhaps, the first time our listeners in the pews truly understand the pervasiveness of sin. ... The preacher speaks of its toll on our hearts, while ...reminding us that grace is more … [Read more...]

The Widow’s Mite

... {I propose here} to move ... to the freedom of giving as an inevitable expression of our spirits in Christ and as a necessary means of our own sanctification. We Catholics in the United States traditionally give more from an … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be “pastoral”?

 The term “pastoral” comes from the Latin, pastor, meaning “shepherd,” and thus refers to the work and concern of the shepherd for his sheep.   In the current ecclesiastical jargon, what is the meaning of the word “pastoral”?  The term … [Read more...]

The Homosexually Oriented Person and the Church

Holding that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God, the Church most certainly does not condemn homosexual persons ... (but) condemns using human sexuality for purposes contrary to that for which it is divinely intended … [Read more...]

“You Can Always Give Them Kindness”

Fr. Robert C. Cieslinski was a priest in the mold of St. John Vianney ... He was self-effacing and humble, but realistic. “It is unusual to see so many people at the funeral Mass of a diocesan priest, especially one of his age.”  So … [Read more...]

Shepherding the Irascible Sheep: Anger, Fear, and Fortitude

By dealing with our anger and fear in a healthy way, we develop the virtue of fortitude (a key component of patience). Focusing on the character of fortitude provides guidelines to dealing with clients that encourages proper use of fear and … [Read more...]

Positive Psychology and Pastoral Practice

The interventions advocated in positive psychology show, not just a surprising overlap with pastoral theology, but can also be used to deepen and aid Christian practice. Are psychology and religion fundamentally incompatible? … [Read more...]