The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Talking about the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is perhaps the most daunting tasks for a preacher, but also one of the greatest privileges.  Here is one of the great mysteries of our faith, one that cries out for explanation, one that has kept the best minds of our religion occupied throughout… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in seminary, one of the big courses we had to pass with flying colors early on was called Christology.  As the name might suggest, Christology is the study of Jesus Christ, but perhaps more specifically a study of the Church’s theology about Jesus Christ.  That course covers what we believe… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Trinity

Today's readings I don't think it would come as too much of a shock for me to tell you that not one of us here in this place, not one of us here on this earth, will ever come to understand the Holy Trinity in this life. We've all been told that the Trinity is… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Holy Saturday

He descended into hell because “that which was not assumed was not redeemed.“ And now we prepare to keep vigil. From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday, in today’s Office of Readings: Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence… Continue reading Holy Saturday

A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

Today's Office of Readings has as its second reading an excerpt from a Letter to Diognetus.  This is one of my favorite readings.  I'm not sure why, because every year when I read it, it makes me feel uneasy, unworthy — yeah, all of that.  Listen to this portion of it: Christians love those who… Continue reading A Letter to Diognetus: We’re Not Home Yet

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Meaning of Suffering

http://www.usccb.org/nab/020506.shtml My homily today was shortened a bit from the original. We had a letter to read from the bishop. So this is the homily as I actually preached it: Today’s Gospel once again shows Jesus curing people and casting out demons. People were naturally amazed at his ability to alleviate suffering and flocked to… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Meaning of Suffering

Would that my final exams were this easy…

I took this quiz to find out my theological worldview and found out that the worldview I have is 96% Catholic. What a relief! 96% is still an “A” … too bad I can’t use this for my finals! It’s always good to have standardized quizzes tell you you’re on the right track…. My theological… Continue reading Would that my final exams were this easy…

Say More About That

In CPE, we had a little “inside joke,” if you will, about the statement, “say more about that.” That’s one of those phrases often used in counselling, spiritual direction, and CPE. It’s a good, open-ended question, better than something that would call for a “yes” or “no” answer. But it gets thrown around so much,… Continue reading Say More About That

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

http://www.usccb.org/nab/081505.htm Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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