Archives for July 2020

Homilies for August 2020

For August 2, August 9, the Assumption of Mary, August 16, August 23, and August 30. 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 2, 2020   Readings: Is 55:1–3 • Ps 145:8–9, 15–18 • Rom 8:35, 37–39 • Mt 14:13–21 … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2020

For July 5, July 12, July 19, and July 26. 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 5, 2020   Readings: Zech 9:9–10 • Ps 145:1–2, 8–11, 13–14 • Rom 8:9, 11–13 • Mt 11:25–30   OT: Zech 9: Banish the w … [Read more...]

Father, Receive These Gifts

Pope Francis, in his 2016 annual meeting of the pontifical academies, called for local parishes to be “oases of beauty, peace, acceptance.” This is consistent with the Church being “Mother of us all” (Gal 4:26) — a place where all can be fed … [Read more...]

Vatican II’s “Religious Liberty” Revisited

Today, threats to religious liberty in the United States are very much in the news. The most striking example is the Supreme Court’s recent decision in June 2020 that the LGBT community must be granted civil rights status in employment m … [Read more...]

I Will Give You a New Heart

It was not until after I finished my undergraduate degree in theology that I was explicitly introduced to the idea of theosis, the doctrine of God making men sharers in his divine life. Based on my personal experience, as well as my … [Read more...]

No Peace, No Justice

Why the Rioters Are in the Wrong

In cities across the country, people are rioting in the streets in response, they say, to the death of George Floyd, who lost his life on May 25, while police, in Minneapolis, apprehended him on suspicion of passing counterfeit currency — a … [Read more...]

Alpha and Omega

Francis of Assisi is known to have said: “Sanctify yourself, and you will sanctify society.” On the Christian map, there are many roads to sanctity. Whatever the road, there is only one major and very necessary guide for this journey. His na … [Read more...]

Book Reviews – July 2020

Catholic Marriage: A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary By Edward Foley, ed. Reviewed by Christopher Siuzdak. (skip to review) Vocation to Marriage and the Christian Family By Thomas McGovern. Reviewed by Matthew Rose. (skip to … [Read more...]