February 18, 2020
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There Is Nothing More Blessed Than This

The longest-serving Pope in the Church’s almost 2000-year history was Pius IX, who reigned for almost 32 years, from 1846-1878. It was he who solemnly defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: namely, that Mary was conceived in her mother’s...

Walking the Talk

Like most Catholics, I’ve lulled myself into thinking that I’m doing pretty good: Mass on weekends, daily Breviary, contemplative prayer… until I had a rude awakening. During a recent residency week in a spiritual direction formation program I...

What Catholics Can Learn from Buddhists

For centuries Catholics were discouraged, and even forbidden, from reading non-Catholic works lest their faith be undermined. Such precautions were reasonable when the laity were largely uneducated and even illiterate. Though that is no longer the...

Our Catholic and Public Faith

This article explores the notion of a “private Catholic faith.” In the first instance, I wish to dispute that such a thing exists. In the second place, I wish to discuss the consequences that ensue from the privatization of our faith and what is at...

Have You Accepted Jesus?

I have been a deacon for 38 years. When I was in my mid 20’s, way before I even thought about becoming a deacon, I worked for a fairly large company. The business complex of this organization consisted of several buildings. One day I was walking...

Fuzzy Thinking and Misguided Beliefs

Few subjects are capable of generating as much mistaken analysis, misguided beliefs, and fuzzy thinking as religion—and exactly six years ago we had a prime example.  A Christian minister with his own radio program announced to the world that the so...

Why Didn’t They Recognize Him?

All my life I’ve heard the stories regarding those speaking to Jesus at the tomb. Like Mary Magdalene before them, Cleopas and a “friend” encounter the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus and do not recognize him. All the times I’ve heard these...

With Faith, The Times Would Change

A priest once gave a homily on the need for faith. After Mass a man came up and said, “Father, those were nice-sounding words, but I don’t buy them. I won’t believe what you just said until you explain to me why God allowed evil and suffering to...