The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.  Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not completely true.  As the Bishop of Rome, his Cathedral Church is the Lateran Basilica, once dedicated to our Savior, but now named for Saint… Continue reading The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the apostle. This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to Saint Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel. This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of Saint Peter among us.… Continue reading Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

I Believe in Life Everlasting: A Talk on Catholic Beliefs Regarding Eternity Given to the Clarendon Hills Interfaith Dinner

Today at Notre Dame we celebrated the funeral of a dear woman who has been part of our community for many years.  The funeral Liturgy provides a glimpse as to what the Catholic Church teaches about life, death, and eternity.  In particular, the prayer of commendation, which is said just before leaving the church says… Continue reading I Believe in Life Everlasting: A Talk on Catholic Beliefs Regarding Eternity Given to the Clarendon Hills Interfaith Dinner

The Anniversary of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral in Rome. That seems a little obscure to us, I know, but it’s an important feast for the Church because it is a celebration of Church and a reflection on what Church is. The Lateran Cathedral is the cathedral… Continue reading The Anniversary of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the apostle.  This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to Saint Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel.  This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of Saint Peter among us. It’s important… Continue reading The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

Mass for the Election of a Bishop

Our diocese this weekend is celebrating the Mass for the Election of a Bishop, praying for the prompt appointment of our next bishop.  So I did a brief homily on what a bishop is and does, followed by a talk about (sigh) money.  You get just the first thing here! As you may know, our… Continue reading Mass for the Election of a Bishop

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the apostle. This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to St. Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel. This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of St. Peter among us.… Continue reading Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Jesus is challenging some age-old practices.  He is not saying that fasting is a bad thing, but instead he is saying that something new is going on.  He has come to usher in a new age, and fasting is inappropriate while he is there bringing it in! Today is the… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

CREEDS Retreat Conference II: The Eucharist and the Church

Scriptures: Matthew 26:14-30 Godspell: “Beautiful City” and “On the Willows” The Eucharist is an amazingly complex event.  Ordinary food – bread and wine – become the very body and blood of our Lord and God.  Through the Eucharist we mere creatures are given the opportunity to take part in the very life of God our… Continue reading CREEDS Retreat Conference II: The Eucharist and the Church

The Dedication of Saint John Lateran

Today’s readings I’m often amazed by the flurry of activity that goes on around this place.  I’d only been here a couple of months, and I became convinced that if I strolled over to church at three in the morning, I’d see six or seven cars in the parking lot and a meeting going on… Continue reading The Dedication of Saint John Lateran