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Homilies for October 2021

For October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, and October 31 Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 3, 2021 Readings: Gn 2:18–24 • Ps 128:1–2, 3, 4–5, 6 • Heb 2:9–11 • Mk 10:2–16 or 10:2–12  bible.usccb.org/bibl … [Read more...]

A Bold Message of Love

Bishop Michael Burbidge’s Catechesis on the Human Person

In the month of the mighty messengers of God, the archangels, it is refreshing to hear a hope-filled message through Bishop Burbidge’s Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology.[1. Bishop Michael Burbidge, “A Catechesis on the Hum … [Read more...]

Co-Responsibility, Personal Vocation, and Charism Discernment

In a 2009 address to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the mission of the laity in our times by introducing a new term into the Church’s parlance: co-responsibility. The term has both ecclesiological and p … [Read more...]

Becoming Members of the Suffering Servant

“For This Shall Every Good Man Pray”

The final Gospel ends with Jesus teaching us to fish for human souls. The three synoptic Gospels report Jesus saying, “I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17; Luke 5:10); the conclusion of the final Gospel describes Jesus i … [Read more...]

How Metaphysical Certitudes Anchor Proofs for God

This brief essay is not intended to be a complete presentation of the classical proofs for God’s existence as proposed by St. Thomas Aquinas and his disciples. Even partially full treatment of these arguments would require book-length a … [Read more...]

Questions Answered – September 2021

Intinction With Unconsecrated Hosts? Question: Is it an egregious (sin) matter, if a priest does intinction of unconsecrated hosts with consecrated Precious Blood while distributing Holy Communion? Answer: Presumably this reflects a … [Read more...]

Clericalism: Problems Past, Present, and Future

I am a permanent deacon, married and with children; at the same time, I am ministering in my parish. When I was first ordained, I used to joke that I “had a foot in both camps,” as I seemed to be both laity and ordained. But in reality, we a … [Read more...]

Were Adam and Eve Bad Parents?

An Ancient Lesson for Modern Parenting

Were Adam and Eve bad parents? It may seem like a bizarre question, but the challenge of parenting plagues many Catholics who are striving to raise their kids in the Church. Each fall, parents drop their sons and daughters off at college, … [Read more...]

What Would Augustine Say?

From the days of Herodotus, in the fifth century before Christ, when in Book 1 of his Histories he had two sixth-century men, Solon of Athens and Croesus of Lydia, meet who chronologically could not have met, it has been appropriate for … [Read more...]

Forming a Community of Faith

Adult Catechesis in the Cultural Context of Pakistan

Catechesis is the systematic study of the history, nature, goals, principles, and process of deepening of Christian faith and doctrine. Catechesis is concerned with the process of growth in faith, the education of children, young people, … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Imperfect and Perfect Hope

Contrasting Aquinas and Luther

In this short essay, I ultimately seek to lay out a brief explanation of the mechanics of hope as a theological virtue, which must include its synergy with charity. First, I will emphasize that the Thomistic or Scholastic theology of hope … [Read more...]

Book Reviews – September 2021

The Hundredfold Songs for the Lord. By Anthony Esolen. Reviewed by Lawrence Montz. (skip to review) An Introduction to the Creeds. By Steve Ray and Dennis Walters. Reviewed by Joseph Tuttle. (skip to review) Eight Popes and the Crisis … [Read more...]

Homilies for September 2021

For September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 5, 2021 Readings: Is. 35:4–7a • Ps.146:6–7, 8–9, 9–10 • Jas. 2:1–5 • Mk 7:31–37    bible.usccb.org/bible … [Read more...]

To Live in His Kingdom

Maintaining a Spiritual Life With a Baby in Tow

I recently had lunch with a religious sister who was excited to meet my baby. This little girl is my first, and in the course of our conversation, the sister asked me how I keep up a spiritual life since my life had obviously changed in a … [Read more...]