Stop Yoking Around – A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

We in the West live in a place and at a time in which almost every burden of manual labor has been eliminated. Not only that, but creature comforts abound. Everything from air conditioning to hair conditioning, from fast food to high speed internet, from to indoor plumbing to outdoor grilling, from instant computer downloads … Read more Stop Yoking Around – A Homily for the 14th Sunday of the Year

A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

In the 4th Century, St. Augustine lamented the decline of Rome and Roman culture. Like any good citizen, he loved his country and culture. But things were falling to pieces, decadence was everywhere. He struggled to understand this and accept it. In his sorrow he wrote The City of God which contains his own observations … Read more A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

Four Disciplines of Worthy Disciples

In the Gospel this Sunday [June 28, 2020], the Lord gives four important principles for a disciple. He also teaches on the concept of being worthy of Him. We tend think of being worthy as acting in a way that meets a certain standard, but the Greek word for “worthy” involves more than merely external … Read more Four Disciplines of Worthy Disciples

With Cries That Pierce Me to the Heart: A Priestly Testimony of Grief in These Times

This moment of shared outrage and unified demands for action has so quickly devolved into partisan hatred, venomous blame-game accusations, racial strife and bitter division. The death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minnesota police officers is an event that united us all in shock and anger. As a video recording shows, Floyd’s … Read more With Cries That Pierce Me to the Heart: A Priestly Testimony of Grief in These Times

‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

As practical vigilance has given way to paralyzing anxiety, Christians must see things in light of the Resurrection and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ’s victory over death. . . . I ask those who support the continuation of the current shutdown to respect, rather than demonize, those of us who think that the balance is too … Read more ‘Coronavirus, Where is Thy Sting?’ — Why This Gripping Fear is Useless

8 Ways to Start Rolling Back Church Coronavirus Restrictions Now

We are more than four weeks into a disaster unprecedented in our lifetimes. Of first concern are those who are gravely ill and those who have died. But we cannot forget many others who have lost their jobs or seen their businesses and livelihoods vanish. Particularly hard-hit are restaurants, theaters, the airline industry, sports and … Read more 8 Ways to Start Rolling Back Church Coronavirus Restrictions Now

Meet The Priest And Nuns Whose Daily Public Prayers Keep Capitol Hill Looking Up

  The Priest And Nuns Whose Daily Public Prayers Keep Capitol Hill Looking Up   Nearly every afternoon just before 12:30, the sisters of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará leave their Capitol Hill convent to greet Monsignor Charles Pope at Washington’s Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian church. Together, they circle … Read more Meet The Priest And Nuns Whose Daily Public Prayers Keep Capitol Hill Looking Up

Come and Go With Me To My Father’s House

Balance is required of us.We may prefer Thomistic formulations, Carmelite spirituality, charismatic worship, or the traditional Latin Mass. Such things are legitimate matters for discussion; we ought not to feel threatened by what the Church currently deems to be legitimate diversity. Discovering the range and limits of diversity is an ongoing matter for the Church; … Read more Come and Go With Me To My Father’s House

Love God and Your Neighbor

“He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the … Read more Love God and Your Neighbor