November 24, 2019

Jesus tells Satan in rebuke, “It is written,‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). He says this in full knowledge that he is himself God’s Word, the heavenly Bread come down to earth. It is precisely t...

November 20, 2019

It is all too easy to stick to the attitude that might is right. In contrast, mercy usually seems like weakness, a foolish abandonment of the tough and resolute course of action I typically want to pursue. I think we all experience it. Someone hurts me, so naturally th...

September 21, 2019

News flash: There are, and have been in recent years, many poor shepherds throughout the Church, most unfortunately. But this is also nothing new. I find this reading from yesterday's Office of Readings incredibly insightful.

From a sermon On Pastors by Saint Augustine,...

September 15, 2019

Today's gospel reading of Luke 15:1-32, the parable of the prodigal son, inspired me to share a beautiful reflection I've come to treasure over the past few years.

The story is told that centuries ago, a certain missionary journeyed to far distant country where he worke...

June 17, 2019

Recently I heard about a rather fascinating tradition among some of the great missionaries, albeit morbidly bizarre to our confused cultural sensibilities. In eras and regions of particular Christian missionary fervor, it is not uncommon to find references to men and w...

May 5, 2019

What is "peace"? I believe it was Saint Augustine who described peace as tranquillitatis ordinis - "the tranquility of order." A run of the mill dictionary defines tranquility these days as "freedom from agitation or disturbance" and order as "the rule of law or proper...

February 11, 2019

A few weeks ago, I drove to our parish in a state of joy, anticipation, and a little anxiety. I suppose I was flat out nervous, and for good reason. That reason was my comprehensive examination, the culminating requirement to successfully complete my graduate studies i...

December 19, 2018

Before I write another word, let me put this out there. The movie has it problems. You may think it's nothing but problem-ridden and you are more than welcome to think so. I happen to like a lot about this film, but I don't expect to change your mind if you were/are ut...

November 9, 2018

I must begin by giving you some examples of utterly insufficient reasons. I am not here because it's just what my family has always done. Habits are, after all, sometimes bad for you. I am not here to be entertained. There are other ways to achieve that, and no matter...

October 25, 2018

Despite the deliberate attempt to stifle and dismiss it, the new film Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer is currently in theaters around the country. I was able to see it last night along with my wife and a fairly sizable group of friends and I wante...

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