Homilies for May 2020

For May 3, May 10 (Mother's Day), May 17, Ascension of the Lord, May … [Continue Reading]

Mass in Time of Pandemic

The suspension of the public celebration of Mass in large parts of the … [Continue Reading]

Mass ad Digitalem

Among the livelier discussions in which our seminary community engaged … [Continue Reading]

Navigating a Passive Night of the Senses during the Coronavirus Quarantine

For many, the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus has meant … [Continue Reading]

Absence­ — the Appeal for Love’s Presence

“There are moments when you must physically absent yourself in order t … [Continue Reading]

Mass, Interrupted

When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was pronounced a pandemic in … [Continue Reading]

​Epidemic and the Liturgical Reform

The Church reformed the liturgy at a moment of great optimism. The … [Continue Reading]

Online Education Is Not Fully Catholic Education

I am a Catholic high school teacher, and, by May 1st, I will have … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for May 2020

For May 3, May 10 (Mother's Day), May 17, Ascension of the Lord, May 24, and Pentecost. 4th Sunday in Easter – May 3, 2020   Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36–41 • Ps 23:1–6, • 1 Pt 2:20b–25 • Jn 10:1–10   usccb.org/bible/r … continue reading..

Mass in Time of Pandemic

The suspension of the public celebration of Mass in large parts of the country due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus has left many priests with a dilemma. How does one celebrate Mass according to the Novus ordo with no one … continue reading..

Mass ad Digitalem

Among the livelier discussions in which our seminary community engaged this year was one initiated by the seminarians themselves and focused on the practice and pastoral concerns associated with celebrating Mass ad orientem. … continue reading..

Navigating a Passive Night of the Senses during the Coronavirus Quarantine

For many, the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus has meant enforced quarantining in terms of stay-at-home/shelter-in-place directives by federal and state authorities. Despite innovative responses by dioceses and parishes to … continue reading..

Absence­ — the Appeal for Love’s Presence

“There are moments when you must physically absent yourself in order to learn what it means for something or somebody to exist in his own right.”[1. A. Bloom, Beginning to Pray, Paulist Press, New York 1970, 12.] The first days … continue reading..

Communion, God’s Presence, and Death with “Dignity” amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

In my last article in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, entitled “Benedict XVI on Self-‘Excommunication,’”[1. Joel R. Gallagher, “Benedict XVI on Self-‘Excommunication,’” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (January 26, 2020).] I examined t … continue reading..

Mass, Interrupted

When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was pronounced a pandemic in March 2020, bishops around the world began to suspend the public celebration of Mass. Soon after, secular media mistakenly reported that “Mass is suspended” and eve … continue reading..

​Epidemic and the Liturgical Reform

The Church reformed the liturgy at a moment of great optimism. The developed world was enjoying the long post-war boom. Seminaries were full. And new-fangled antibiotics and vaccination programs were sweeping away one major … continue reading..

Online Education Is Not Fully Catholic Education

I am a Catholic high school teacher, and, by May 1st, I will have taught five weeks of online education. This is an act of obedience to various authorities so that, instead of having nothing available for my quarantined high … continue reading..

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Homilies for May 2020

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Book Reviews

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Super-essential Work amid COVID-19

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Questions Answered

Questions Answered – March 2020

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