"Help! My children aren't Catholic anymore"...
I’m in Indianapolis Indiana leading a parish mission this week, and in the meet and greet session afterwards, the most common conversation I have is with middle aged women who say, “Father, what can I do, my children have stopped practicing the faith!
An interesting discussion about God with a reasonable unbeliever...
The notion that the existence of God provides nothing but unalloyed consolation and does not also give reason to have deep fear entirely overlooks the doctrine of judgment in this life and of hell in the next. So the notion of divine intervention purely as a function of wish fulfillment fantasy is massively unreflective, I think.
The Holy Spirit is the Church's towering lighthouse...
In the remarkable visions of Saint Hildegard of Bingen ecclesial and sacramental truths are proposed through a vast array of rich images to draw us into new horizons of mystical wisdom. In her vision of the Sacrament of Confirmation, she describes the Holy Spirit as a kind of brilliant lighthouse towering behind the Church.
Actually, O’Malley is just being O’Malley. Again. Thank goodness.
Michael Coren has a pretty good article over at Catholic World Report on Boston Cdl. Sean O’Malley’s decision not to attend Boston College’s commencement in protest against its invitation to Irish Prime Minister Edna Kelly (another politician who’s Catholic when it’s convenient but pro-abortion when it counts) to deliver the main address.
Homily at Mass for the 2013 Feast of Pentecost...
Today we contemplate and re-live in the liturgy the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ upon his Church; an event of grace which filled the Upper Room in Jerusalem and then spread throughout the world. But what happened on that day, so distant from us and yet so close as to touch the very depths of our hearts?
Why Seán Cardinal O'Malley is boycotting Boston College...
At Boston College's commencement ceremony on Monday, Cardinal Sean O'Malley won't be in attendance. The leader of the Boston archdiocese announced on May 10 that he would not deliver his traditional graduation benediction at the Catholic school because the college had invited Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny—a supporter of abortion rights in Ireland—to deliver the graduation address...
The IRS revelations are shocking, but don't get cynical. You’ve got to stay shocked. It’s disrespectful not to...
So many people are sad about America and cynical about its government. They don’t expect anything good to happen. They think certain poisons have entered the system and nothing can be done about it. Leviathan will not be cut back or tamed, Leviathan will go on abusing the citizen.
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Faith, or belief and trust, presuppose a person in whom we believe and trust. Said another way, faith without the person in whom we have faith, is a meaningless concept. On the positive side, faith properly oriented to the one true Object, is sufficient to move mountains.
Five images of the Holy Spirit from Sacred Scripture...
It is one of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy, that the Octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally the post-concilar age has tried to emphasize the Gifts and works of the Holy Spirit. But, paradoxically the octave of Pentecost was dropped. The feast, which ranks right up there with Easter, (which has an octave), and the nativity...
Pentecost, prudence and immigration reform...
The Catholic commitment to the dignity of the immigrant comes from exactly the same roots as our commitment to the dignity of the unborn child. Any Catholic who truly understands his or her faith knows that the right to life precedes and creates the foundation for every other human right. There’s no getting around the priority of that fundamental right to life.
“Come Holy Spirit. Enlighten the hearts of your faithful people...”
There is some sense to calling Pentecost the birthday of the Church, but it can be somewhat glib. You might say that the Church was born when Christ was born, or when water and blood, Baptism and Eucharist, flowed from Christ’s side on the Cross. You might even say that the Church was born with Adam and Eve and came to maturity when Jesus...
8 things to know and share about Pentecost...
The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church. But where did the feast of Pentecost come from? How can we understand what happened on it? And what does it mean for us today? Here are 8 things to know and share about it...
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history...
The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by which He made all things, as we sing in today’s Psalm. In the beginning, the Spirit came as a “mighty wind” sweeping over the face of the earth. And in the new creation of Pentecost, the Spirit again comes as “a strong...
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