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  • In Heaven, There Is Only Singing - A Review of Two of Father Rutler's Books, and an Interview with the Author
    A Review of Two of Father Rutler's Books, and an Interview with the AuthorI was fortunate to be able to read two review copies of recent books by Father George W. Rutler. As always happens when I read his writing, I was delighted by his style, inspired by the soundness of his doctrine, and enlightened–and […]

  • Meditations Upon The Virgin’s Virtues for Contemporary Clergy, Part 1
    Introduction What is the difference between a furrow and a rut? A furrow is an intentional emptiness cut into the earth in preparation for fullness. A farmer’s plow intentionally cuts a furrow, opening the earth to produce a full harvest. A rut, however, is a haphazard wound in the earth caused by the repeated action […]

  • Perceptions of Ministry, and Facilitators and Barriers of Self-Care, Amongst Roman Catholics and Anglicans in Full-Time Ministry
    The work of clergy and others serving in full-time Christian ministry is unique. They are often intimately involved in important life transitions and events, such as births, baptisms, weddings, serious illnesses, deaths, and the grieving process. Individuals often turn to members of the clergy and others involved in ministry first, in search of support and […]

  • Screen Time, Sacred Time - Could Tech Use Affect Your Ability to Pray?
    Could Tech Use Affect Your Ability to Pray?Let me begin with a story I read a while ago that really got me thinking about screen time.1 A professor at a Christian college was at the end of a weary day, and happened to pass by the door of the campus chapel. It was toward evening. […]

  • The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia
    Catholics continue to be confounded by the mixed signals sent by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Given the high-ranking Church officials who have weighed in (but on opposite sides), and some who have been apparently released by the Holy Father due to their disagreement, it’s clear that a profound and troubling division exists at […]

  • Drawing Others to Celebrate God’s Mercy Through Storytelling
    “Read me just one more story!” Maggie lay snuggled beneath the pink floral quilt, her brown eyes imploring me to continue reading from the big book of fairy tales. “You should be asleep already,” I replied. I gave a half-hearted sigh, turning the page, and then began, “Once upon a time…” It may be a […]

  • Questions Answered
    Question: Can you explain to me the problem of evil exemplified in the Book of Job? Answer: In answer to your question, I would like to summarize the Commentary on the Book of Job by Thomas Aquinas, which I have recently translated. As many modern scholars are puzzled by what is taught there, the opinion […]

  • Homilies for August 2017
    August 6, 2017—Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Readings: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9 “It’s an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.” “Twice the action, and twice the excitement, of the original.” “Monumental, mesmerizing and spellbinding.” “The action sequences will leave you breathless, gasping for more!” Summer is the season for […]

  • The Centrality of Love to the Teaching of Humanae Vitae
    Introduction The approach of the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae gives us the opportunity to once again meditate on the Church’s teaching on human generation, and on the magnificent articulation of this teaching in recent decades, coming from both magisterial documents and from the writings of many religious and lay faithful. For while the Catholic […]

  • Using the Means at Hand for Spiritual Growth
    When retreatants ask for suggestions about how to deepen their prayer and to grow in their spiritual lives, their directors might have suggestions about some new approach to try. But often it is better to encourage people to work patiently at what they are already doing, especially when it comes to forming a real relationship […]

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