In the Fullness of Time: The Fullness of Family

The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, by Carl H. Bloch (1869).

The incident related in the Gospel of Luke, celebrated as the “Finding in the Temple,” has always been troubling. It’s the one and only glimpse we’re given into the “secret life” of the Holy Family. Earlier, we see baby Jesus … [Read more...]

The Eucharist: From Corinth to Liege

The Last Supper, by Benjamin West (1786).

Many converts to the Catholic faith are surprised by the lack of devotion to the Eucharist evident among those attending Mass—their poor unconvincing responses to the liturgy, their matter of fact attitude at Holy Communion. As one such … [Read more...]

Vatican II: The Laity Led the Way

Gibson photos 9-17-14

The mystery of God’s grace ... is ... manifest 50 years after the courageous and inspired initiative of Blessed Pope John XXIII. A Catholic from the pews could honestly observe today that ...Vatican II would have left little impact on … [Read more...]

Homosexuality and Vocational Discernment and Choice

McGavin photo 8-7-14

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...]

Catholic Ecumenism: Towards an Integration of Faith, Hope, and Charity

Catholic Ecumenism collage

The purpose of this one Church is to bring about the supernatural communion of all humanity together in the Spirit, under Christ as head, giving praise to the Father.  Popes Pius XI, Pius XII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope … [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 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...]

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...]

“Nuclear fission in the…heart of being”: The Eucharist as the Sacrament of Transformations in the Teaching of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

O hAodha photos 6-5-14

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s use of the image of nuclear fission—...in a positive sense, in order to explain the Eucharistic mystery—is contemporary and striking, and apt to convey the quiet, but immense, power of the Mass. The … [Read more...]

Eschatology and Eucharistic Adoration

Malloy photos 5-9-14

...certain “liturgists” and “theologians” ... stamp (Eucharistic Adoration) as mere “private devotion.” In fact, in its complete form, from exposition to benediction, it is a liturgical event. ...it has a long,  and shall … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI on Freedom in Obedience to the Truth: A Key for the New Evangelization

Ramage photos 4-22-14

... the more fundamental task ... is to form human hearts, beginning with those who have already been evangelized and need to be “newly evangelized,” those who know something already, but are not living it; those who are showing up in … [Read more...]

Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation

Jones photos2 4-20-14

The great philosophers that preceded the Judeo-Christian Revelation demonstrated many of the truths about God and the faith that are affirmed in Scripture, and are what St. Thomas calls the preambles of faith.   I recently had a brief … [Read more...]

Prayer as Turning Point Toward Christ

Humphries photos 4-7-14

The good news is that even though we sin, God loves us and wants us to return to him. With God’s grace, bad habits can be unlearned. Ecclesia semper reformanda: The Church forever in need of reform. Because we are the Church, we are … [Read more...]

Searching for Clarity in Vocational Discernment

Sibley photos 3-22-14

... The call of the Lord usually comes to us in a more subtle and indirect manner ... left up to us, with the assistance of divine grace, to discern whether we are being called to the priesthood or consecrated life. Christ calling Peter … [Read more...]

1 Kings 13 and the Child of Isaiah 7: Precedence and the Numerology of Matthew’s Gospel

Tsakanikas photos 3-4-14

...(Pope Benedict's) last book, and his announcement of his retirement, were an affirmation of the Virgin Mary’s predestination, and her child’s virginal conception at the Annunciation. ... Pope Benedict had great trust in the … [Read more...]

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