Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction. It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with correction. Certainly that can be seen quite… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of Catholic worship is our celebration of the Eucharist.  We state very strongly that it’s not just a symbol, not just a nice memory.  It is the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord.  We know that we are spiritually in the presence of our… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Three cuttings from a manuscript of Innocent X

Today’s readings We’ve gathered today on the Solemnity of Pentecost … one of my favorite feasts of the whole year. Today, we have one last opportunity to celebrate the joy of the Easter season. For fifty days, we’ve been celebrating our Lord’s resurrection, his triumph over the grave, and his defeat of sin and death.… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Today is the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, 16 years ago.  It is also Father John’s anniversary of thirty-three years.  I find our Liturgy today to be particularly inspirational on this anniversary day.  First we have Saint Paul who is standing trial for his witness and preaching of the faith.  Then… Continue reading Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

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