Homilies for December 2019

For December 1, December 8, Immaculate Conception, December 15, … [Continue Reading]

Canon Law, Civil Law, and the Current Crisis in the Church

Last fall I left my job as a corporate lawyer and began studying canon … [Continue Reading]

Human and Divine Fatherhood in The Violent Bear It Away and Gilead

The Violent Bear It Away and Gilead show the role of prophet as a … [Continue Reading]

John of the Cross and Exercising Charisms for Evangelization

Once in a while I run into statements like: “Catholics shouldn’t seek t … [Continue Reading]

Review: The Devil’s Redemption

McClymond, Michael J. The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and I … [Continue Reading]

The “Female Diaconate” after the Amazon Synod

In light of the recent Amazon Synod, the question of the female … [Continue Reading]

The Whale in the Bath

Is mass communication like a background noise that is just loud enough … [Continue Reading]

The Moral Theology of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux was born in 1873 in France, the youngest of the … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for December 2019

For December 1, December 8, Immaculate Conception, December 15, December 22, Christmas, and Holy Family. 1st Sunday of Advent – December 1, 2019   Readings: Is 2:1–5 • Ps 122:1–9 • Rom 12:11–14 • Mt 24:37–44   usccb.org/bible/ … continue reading..

Canon Law, Civil Law, and the Current Crisis in the Church

Last fall I left my job as a corporate lawyer and began studying canon law in Rome. Explaining my rationale to my colleagues wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined. Whether they were practicing Catholics, fallen-away Catholics, n … continue reading..

Human and Divine Fatherhood in The Violent Bear It Away and Gilead

The Violent Bear It Away and Gilead show the role of prophet as a preacher of the Lord as a genetic vocation growing out of ‘blood’ and family bonds, but responded to in varying degrees and manifestations. While Marilynne Robinson … continue reading..

John of the Cross and Exercising Charisms for Evangelization

Once in a while I run into statements like: “Catholics shouldn’t seek to exercise the charisms of the Spirit because St. John of the Cross cautioned against them.” Such concerns come in different forms and are usually raised by peo … continue reading..

Review: The Devil’s Redemption

McClymond, Michael J. The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018. This is a very important book. In two large and carefully documented volumes Dr. M … continue reading..

The “Female Diaconate” after the Amazon Synod

In light of the recent Amazon Synod, the question of the female diaconate has once again been raised. It is more than obvious that novelty and change are today’s signs of progress. In the twentieth century, for example, scientific … continue reading..

The Whale in the Bath

Is mass communication like a background noise that is just loud enough to catch our attention and make it difficult for us to concentrate on what we are doing and yet not loud enough so that we can hear clearly what is going on? … continue reading..

The Moral Theology of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux was born in 1873 in France, the youngest of the nine children given to Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin. Zelie Martin died while Thérèse was very young, so Thérèse adopted her older sister Pauline as her surro … continue reading..

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Homilies for December 2019

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Review: The Devil’s Redemption

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The Smoke of Satan By Philip F. Lawler. Reviewed by Sean J. Donnelly. (skip to review) Mind, … more...

Review: Sunday Will Never Be the Same

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A Sacerdotal Summer

St. Ignatius of Loyola likened the “enemy of our human nature” to a cun … more...

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Priests

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