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  • Homilies for November 2017
    Homily for the 31st Week in Ordinary Time—November 5, 2017 Readings: Mal 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10;  Ps 131:1, 2, 3; 1 Thes 2:7b-9, 13;  Mt 23:1-12 By Deacon Peter Santandrieu Is it possible to follow a leader in whom you don’t believe? We might say “yes, to an extent, but only so far.” It probably has something […]

  • Now Is the Time - The Urgency of the New Evangelization
    The Urgency of the New Evangelization At the beginning of his pontificate, Saint John Paul the Great coined the term “new evangelization” to describe a great urgency facing the Church. Nearly forty years on, the use of the term is now widespread among Catholics involved in almost any type of apostolate or ministry. We see […]

  • On the Lowly, Yet Vital, Importance of Chastity - A Response to His Excellency, Bishop Robert McElroy
    A Response to His Excellency, Bishop Robert McElroy The reader likely needs no introduction to the recent uproar in Catholic media regarding the rescinding of various speaking engagements previously granted to Fr. James Martin, SJ. Those particular waters are so contentious that I think little good is done wading into them. Let us pray for […]

  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Cardinal Newman - 19th Century Prophets of Lay Spirituality
    19th Century Prophets of Lay Spirituality It is common these days to read of certain figures whose contribution to the Church in some way prefigured the reforms of Vatican II—e.g., de Lubac, Congar—but among them also are the figures of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, and Cardinal John Henry Newman. (They will be […]

  • Blessed Are Those - The Holy Mass as the Heavenly Wedding Banquet of the Lamb
    The Holy Mass as the Heavenly Wedding Banquet of the Lamb Amongst the many images of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Catholic Christians are used to constantly thinking of the Mass as sacrifice, fellowship, and fraternal meal, yet few evoke such an intimate sense as that of a wedding feast. Despite its clear biblical […]

  • Questions Answered
    Question: There has been a great deal of talk recently about the fact that Christians cannot be rigid, and that rigidity compromises mercy and the Gospel. The Pharisees are used as examples of this. Why is there so much emphasis on this, and what can it mean? Answer: In the 1980s, there was a move […]

  • Autumn Book Reviews
    Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015), xi + 279 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Joshua M. Evans. Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? (Ignatius Press, 2017) By Peter Kreeft. 208 pages; $16.95. Reviewed by Marcus B. Peter. Sons of St. […]

  • Homilies For October 2017
    26th Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 1, 2017 Readings: Ez. 18:25-28; Ps. 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Phil. 2:1-(5)11; Mt. 21:28-32 Religion and Faith Often the Gospels describe a confrontation between Jesus and certain groups or classes. Generally, those groups represented the religious leadership of Israel. Unfortunately, they seem to have had a hard time accepting Jesus and his […]

  • Confession of Faith, Eucharist and Martyrdom - With Special Reference to Early Church Fathers of the East
    With Special Reference to Early Church Fathers of the EastIntroduction1 The Church of the first millennium was born of the blood of the martyrs: “Sanguis Martyrum – Semen Christianorum” (Tertullian). We will never understand Christian spirituality—what it is, and what makes it unique—unless we grasp the significance of martyrdom. The early Christians died because they […]

  • Further Dubia for the Confused
    The Holy Father is given very special graces to guide the Catholic Church, being the successor of Peter. He is the vicar of Christ to which I adhere. Yet, when reading his latest exhortation, Amoris laetitia, I feel confused. In 1998, Pope St. John Paul added something to the Code of Canon Law, and the […]

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