Homilies for August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—August 5, 2018   Readings:  Ex 16: … [Continue Reading]

Two Knights for Truth

C.S. Lewis and Dietrich von Hildebrand would agree that the great … [Continue Reading]

The Mystagogical Tradition

“Mystagogy” is a word that some parishes hear during Easter Time, and i … [Continue Reading]

So You Think You Understand Mercy?

From the time it was announced, Catholics welcomed the year of … [Continue Reading]

When Does Sin Stop Being Sin?

Imagine I’m poor. Not dirt poor. Not homeless. Not living on the edge o … [Continue Reading]

The Gift and Rights of Being Conceived, Part 1

In the first of this two-part essay there is an examination of the … [Continue Reading]

Our Lord and His Love

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 … [Continue Reading]

Questions Answered

Question: Jesus says: “Judge not.” (Mt. 7:1) When are we allowed to jud … [Continue Reading]

Dear Troubled Catholics,

I have never seen so many "ordinary Catholics"—who usually never f … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—August 5, 2018   Readings:  Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080518.cfm   This week we find ourselves continuing our jou … continue reading..

Two Knights for Truth

C.S. Lewis and Dietrich von Hildebrand would agree that the great intellectual catastrophe of modern times is the value-subjectivism that has invaded not only universities, but society at-large. It is now universally assumed that … continue reading..

The Mystagogical Tradition

“Mystagogy” is a word that some parishes hear during Easter Time, and is often associated with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Yet, a proper understanding of mystagogy provides inspiration and wisdom, not only fo … continue reading..

So You Think You Understand Mercy?

From the time it was announced, Catholics welcomed the year of Jubilee, the year of Mercy, with open hearts. We recall Pope Francis saying in Misericordiae Vultus (2015) that mercy “reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Tr … continue reading..

When Does Sin Stop Being Sin?

Imagine I’m poor. Not dirt poor. Not homeless. Not living on the edge of extreme poverty. Just poor. Poor enough not to be able to afford some of the nicer things in life. Now, let’s imagine that I’m riding on the subway. I happ … continue reading..

The Gift and Rights of Being Conceived, Part 1

In the first of this two-part essay there is an examination of the wholeness of human being, the complementarity of faith and reason, and what human conception is, and what is said about it in the teaching of the Church (Part I). … continue reading..

Our Lord and His Love

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16) In this world where almost everything is relative, we can know at least one absolute truth: Every human being alive in this world wants and needs … continue reading..

Questions Answered

Question: Jesus says: “Judge not.” (Mt. 7:1) When are we allowed to judge? Answer: The issue of judgement is an important moral problem. Judgement is an act of the virtue of justice. Since justice involves establishing equity be … continue reading..

Dear Troubled Catholics,

I have never seen so many "ordinary Catholics"—who usually never follow or hear about Church news—as deeply troubled as I have seen them in response to the recent revelations about the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C … continue reading..

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Homilies for August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—August 5, 2018   Readings:  Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54; Eph … more...

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Confession of Faith, Eucharist and Martyrdom

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

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