Homilies for November 2019

For All Saints, All Souls, November 3, November 10, November 17, and … [Continue Reading]

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A Method of Homily Preparation

St. Francis de Sales in his excellent book, On the Preacher and … [Continue Reading]

The Theological Anthropology of Karol Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II)

Every so often, there appears in history a person who has an effect on … [Continue Reading]

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Pastoral Formation as Improvisation

Introduction So what does slapping together a sandwich in a soup … [Continue Reading]

Some Notes for Preachers on the Reading of Ephesians Five in the Lectionary

In my years of presenting basic sacramental theology to engaged … [Continue Reading]

Mass Exodus

We’ve seen it in most of our parishes: empty pews, easy-out parking, f … [Continue Reading]

An Anthropological Reflection on the Church’s Sexual Scandal

The kind of penitence that must take place to move the Church away … [Continue Reading]

Painting by Gebhard Fugel

Catholics and Their Interaction with Other Religions in Contemporary Society

I. Contemporary Western society’s preponderant secular relativistic t … [Continue Reading]

Book Reviews – October 2019

The Smoke of Satan By Philip F. Lawler. Reviewed by Sean J. Donnelly. … [Continue Reading]

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Homilies for November 2019

For All Saints, All Souls, November 3, November 10, November 17, and Christ the King. Solemnity of All Saints – November 1, 2019   Readings: Rv 7:2–4, 9–14 • Ps 24:1bc–4ab, 5–6 • 1 Jn 3:1–3 • Mt 5:1–12a   usccb.org/bible/read … continue reading..

A Method of Homily Preparation

St. Francis de Sales in his excellent book, On the Preacher and Preaching, declares emphatically: “We must adhere to method in all things; there is nothing more helpful to a preacher, makes his preaching more profitable, and is so … continue reading..

The Theological Anthropology of Karol Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II)

Every so often, there appears in history a person who has an effect on the world, that the whole world is changed for the better as a result of their being there. A person of recent memory is Father Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope … continue reading..

Pastoral Formation as Improvisation

Introduction So what does slapping together a sandwich in a soup kitchen have to do with priestly formation? And how does packing medical equipment for a mission trip help anyone become a spiritual father? Or visiting random old … continue reading..

Some Notes for Preachers on the Reading of Ephesians Five in the Lectionary

In my years of presenting basic sacramental theology to engaged couples for pre-Cana, the interpretation of the literal sense of Ephesians five on marriage is something that has frequently occupied me. It was even an endeavor to … continue reading..

Mass Exodus

We’ve seen it in most of our parishes: empty pews, easy-out parking, friends and familiar faces who we no longer see at Sunday Mass. This mass exodus we have been experiencing over the last few generations is a true crisis of f … continue reading..

An Anthropological Reflection on the Church’s Sexual Scandal

The kind of penitence that must take place to move the Church away from the precipice of destruction is the kind that comes from a much deeper well of ancient understandings of man who is flesh and spirit. We must mine the deeper … continue reading..

Catholics and Their Interaction with Other Religions in Contemporary Society

I. Contemporary Western society’s preponderant secular relativistic thought tendencies contend that all beliefs are to be deemed worthy of being considered equally true. The philosophical concomitant outgrowths of this thought p … continue reading..

Book Reviews – October 2019

The Smoke of Satan By Philip F. Lawler. Reviewed by Sean J. Donnelly. (skip to review) Mind, Heart & Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome By R.J. Snell and Robert P. George. Reviewed by K.E. Colombini. (skip to … continue reading..

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A Sacerdotal Summer

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Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Priests

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