Homilies for July 2019

For July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28. 14th Sunday in Ordinary … [Continue Reading]

Our Lady of Good Help, the New Evangelization, and the Priest

Allow me to begin by making two confessions: I arrived at the … [Continue Reading]

Inverting the Relevance of the Gospel

We hear much these days about relevance and the need to be relevant in … [Continue Reading]

God Isn’t Your College Professor

It’s the end of another semester. Final exams need to be marked and g … [Continue Reading]

Parental and Spousal Alienation in Catholic Marriages

Marital separation and divorce in Catholic couples can result in … [Continue Reading]

Circumcision and the Crucifixion

When God Almighty called to that man Abram, inviting him to live in a … [Continue Reading]

Joseph and the Epic Battle of Humility over Pride in Spiritual Direction

From the lessons of the great protagonists of Judaism many valuable … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for July 2019

For July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28. 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2019   Readings: Is 66:10–14c • Ps 66:1–7, 16, 20 • Gal 6:14–18 • Lk 10:1–12, 17–20 (or Lk 10:1–9)   usccb.org/bible/readi … continue reading..

Our Lady of Good Help, the New Evangelization, and the Priest

Allow me to begin by making two confessions: I arrived at the Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, Wisconsin, on Friday afternoon. I am an old friend of the nuns and try to visit them at least once a year. Two of the … continue reading..

Inverting the Relevance of the Gospel

We hear much these days about relevance and the need to be relevant in all we do. The admonition applies to politicians, parents, teachers and especially pastors who are exhorted to make Scripture relevant to their congregations. … continue reading..

God Isn’t Your College Professor

It’s the end of another semester. Final exams need to be marked and grades need to be assigned to a group of students anxious to learn “what they got” for the course. There’s so much in all of this that begs for the usual justif … continue reading..

Parental and Spousal Alienation in Catholic Marriages

Marital separation and divorce in Catholic couples can result in intense levels of stress and sadness, particularly in the majority of spouses who report, while this is occurring, being happily married, committed to the marriage, … continue reading..

Circumcision and the Crucifixion

When God Almighty called to that man Abram, inviting him to live in a covenant with the Lord, He asked Abram to do a very curious thing to himself, to his people, and to his descendants as a sign of that covenant: to circumcise … continue reading..

Joseph and the Epic Battle of Humility over Pride in Spiritual Direction

From the lessons of the great protagonists of Judaism many valuable spiritual lessons are to be learned. What is at the core of the lives, and in particular the life of Joseph, is how the Lord’s plan is accomplished in cooperation … continue reading..

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Homilies for July 2019

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Book Reviews – June 2019

The Catholic Writer Today and Other Essays By Dana Gioia. Reviewed by Ken Colombini. (skip to … more...

On Mary the Mother of God, Queen of the Universe

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Questions Answered – June 2019

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