Archives for 2022

Homilies for May 2022

For the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter, as well as Ascension Thursday Third Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2022 Readings: Acts 5:27–32, 40b–41 • Ps 30:2, 4, 5–6, 11–12, 13 • Rev 5:11–14 • Jn 21:1–19 or 21:1–14  bib … [Read more...]

The Essence of Fatherhood

Fundamental for Any True Shepherd of the Church

Should Catholics ever fall into a concept of God which disregards the Three Distinct Persons of the Blessed Trinity, in favor of One God with three functions or modes of operation? And does not this concept weaken the possibility of a … [Read more...]

Overcoming Polarization Within the Church

Reconnecting the Sacraments with the Moral Life

Note: This article originally appeared in The Catholic Journal, July 4, 2019. Introduction: Framing the Issue Sadly, our world is more divided than ever before. Even a cursory glance at politics, education, or culture suffices to give one … [Read more...]

Keep Easter in Eastertide

Happy Easter! Christ is risen, alleluia! Does this time still feel like Easter? Hopefully Sunday Mass, at least, still does. Yet outside of that weekly hour, how often do we remember what season we are in? Many Catholics have prepared … [Read more...]

Saint Joseph and the Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary

My friend was an Evangelical Protestant but we occasionally discussed faith. I had questioned him enough to conclude, with him, that he agreed with the great Christological and Trinitarian Councils of the early Christian centuries, … [Read more...]

Questions Answered – May 2022

A Priest’s Spiritual Obligations Question: Could you comment on the strict obligation of the Divine Office for priests (under pain of mortal sin) but no similar obligation for the offering of daily Mass? Answer: The answer to this q … [Read more...]

Book Reviews – May 2022

The Decline and Fall of Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Became a Secular Book. By Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker. Reviewed by Nathan Farrar. (skip to review) Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew. By H.H. II Hardy. Reviewed by D. Malachi … [Read more...]

Homilies for April 2022

By Dcn. Jerome Buhman: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year C; Palm Sunday; Easter Sunday; Divine Mercy Sunday. By Rev. John P. Cush, STD: Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A; Holy Thursday; Good Friday; the Easter Vigil. Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 3, 2 … [Read more...]

“Not My Will But Yours Be Done”

Understanding the Agony in the Garden

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like dro … [Read more...]

Dying With Christ

A Mystery Begun in Baptism and Perfected in Death

“What is essentially new about Christian death” — declares the Catechism — “is this: through Baptism, the Christian has already ‘died with Christ’ sacramentally, in order to live a new life; and if we die in Christ’s grace, physical death co … [Read more...]

The Sad Tale of Spiritual Father vs. Spiritual Son

Due to the overwhelming response to Msgr. Bochicchio’s essay on the inherent injustices in the way the Dallas Charter (drafted in part by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick!) has been implemented, we are here rerunning Dr. Janet Smith’s har … [Read more...]

Why Every Catholic Who Is Not Destitute Must Give Alms

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks of three practices which form the basis of the whole spiritual life: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He does not say, “If you pray . . . fast . . . give alms,” but, “When you pray . . . fast . . . gi … [Read more...]

The Will of God

A story is told about a man who lived a long life. When he died, the Lord said, “Come, I will show you hell.” The man was taken to a room where a group of people sat around a round table. At the center of the table was a huge pot of stew. Ea … [Read more...]

The Passion of the Lord: His Interior Sufferings

The Angelic Doctor notes that meditations on “matters relating to Christ’s humanity are the chief incentive to love and devotion.”[1. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province (New York: Benziger Brot … [Read more...]

Homilies for March 2022

For March 2 (Ash Wednesday), March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27 Ash Wednesday – March 2, 2022 Readings: Jl 2:12–18 • Ps 51:3–4, 5–6ab, 12–13, 14 and 17 • 2 Cor 5:20—6:2 • Mt 6:1–6, 16–18    bible.usccb.org/bible/r … [Read more...]