- After the Hobby Lobby scandal, a spotlight on antiquities sales in Israel August 17, 2017In 2010, Hobby Lobby, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City, paid $1.6 million for 5,500 ancient artifacts from Iraq. Six years later, an investigation by U.S. and Israeli law enforcement and tax officials determined that dealers in the United Emirates and Israel had intentionally misidentified the items as Turkish ceramics. Many archaeologists in Israel and […]
- Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say August 17, 2017In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are four conditions for a war to be just, all of which must be met: The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown […]
- Nostalgia for a “golden age” hurts the Church, both on left and right August 17, 2017There is a tendency for conservative Catholics to long for a pre-Conciliar Church of the Latin Mass and old devotions. Liberals often dream of a return to the Church of the '70s with its "anything goes" attitude. While such nostalgia on both sides is understandable, it is also lamentable.
- Newcomers to the Church should speak less, listen more August 17, 2017David Mill, who entered the Church over 15 years ago, says a convert may know many of the Catholic details. He may be full of book-learning. But of the real Catholic mind or imagination — the Catholic paradigm, the way Catholics see the world — he knows little. The new Catholic must work for many […]
- After Charlottesville, black priest asks hierarchy, ‘What next?’ August 17, 2017After the violence in Charlottesville at an alt-right rally, the question for the Church is what next? A priest suggests one thing that seems simple but is actually quite difficult and absolutely necessary is for the hierarchy to start talking about the issue of race.
- After the Hobby Lobby scandal, a spotlight on antiquities sales in Israel August 17, 2017
Category Archives: Homilies
I have been keeping this blog pretty much since I was ordained a priest. Since I was a parochial vicar when I started this blog, and thus subject to moves, I have paid to have have the hosted on BlueHost … Continue reading
We see signs with it at so many events. We see it at sporting events: John 3:16. We see it at concerts: John 3:16. I even have it as a patch on my jacket: John 3:16. So what does one … Continue reading
For the past seven weeks we have kept the Easter Candle here in the sanctuary, lighting it every time we have celebrated Mass. The living flame of the Easter Candle reminds us that Christ is alive, that he rose from … Continue reading
From ancient times, philosophers have summed up the human condition as a quest to answer three fundamental questions: What should I do? What can I know? What can I hope for? In response to the common-sense comment of doubting Thomas, … Continue reading
How many of you go to bed without making sure the doors of your house are locked? Why do we bother about locking our doors and cars? Because we want to be safe, right? We know that the world can … Continue reading
“Jesus himself drew near and walked with them” (Luke 25:15). This verse really struck me as I prayed over the Gospel for this weekend. Actually it struck me the week after Easter, when I was on retreat and this Gospel … Continue reading
Three days ago, on the evening of Good Friday, apparent failure loomed large. Not only was the Lord dead and buried, but the Apostles were holed up in a locked room, fearing for their lives. Where were all the miracles … Continue reading
The Gospel narrative that we have just proclaimed strikes us as anything but “good.” Yet the Church throughout the entire world celebrates Good Friday every year. Calling the day when Jesus was crucified as good seems to be the supreme … Continue reading
Being a Christian means more than just being nice. It means centering our whole lives, every last detail, on a person: Jesus Christ. Other great religious leaders of history pointed to their teaching. They said, “follow my teaching”. Jesus pointed … Continue reading