REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER

REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER

Recently, I tore my ACL and had surgery to repair it.  When I first met the surgeon, I was presented with three options for the ACL graft that would, essentially, replace my shredded ligament.  I chose to go with the cadaver graft, which meant that the surgeon would remove what was left of my ACL and replace it with a ligament from a cadaver.  Although the thought of another person’s tissue in my knee is…

REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO

REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO

Viva Cristo Rey! “Long live Christ the King!” Such was the battle cry of the Cristeros who took up arms to fight for religious liberty during the religious persecution in Mexico in the early 1900s. Such was also the battle cry of priests and religious like Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, men and women who took up spiritual arms, every bit as engrossed in the battle as their Cristero counterparts. Miguel Pro was born January 13,…

SAINT JOSEPH, MASTER OF VIRGINAL BEGETTING

Msgr. Jean-Jacques Olier, who founded the great seminary Sainte-Sulpice (and later the Sulpicians) as a response to the Council of Trent’s call for a reform of the approach to training priests in seminaries, entrusted the seminarians of Sainte-Sulpice to the patronage of St. Joseph.  The reason, he explained, was that St. Joseph, like priests, was involved in the “virginal begetting of Christ.”  To understand this, one must recognize that the marriage between Joseph and Mary…

Part 2/3: Is there a Superior Vocation?

This article is the second of a trilogy on the theme of vocation. Click here for the first article. Next week’s article is on the discernment of one’s particular vocation.  Probably the second most quoted non-biblical thought for Catholics after St. Augustine’s verse on our hearts being “restless until they rest in Him” is that of St. Irenaeus from the second century. I’m so confident you know it that I’ll just leave the end off for now… “The…

Digital Contraception

I wonder if I should just stop there, with that phrase, attached to this image, and allow us time to ponder this picture?In this crowd of popearazzi, (if I might coin a phrase,) an older woman, face radiant like Moses on the mountain, bathed in sunlight, gazes without obstruction on Pope Francis, who appears to be looking at her. She’s not touching him but is clearly touched. The younger woman, hand actually grasping the Shepherd’s…

TOB & a “Mid-Life Crisis”

  When I turned 50, I experienced what most people would call a “mid-life crisis.” It seemed silly to me that a woman of my maturity and life experience would be seeking answers to fundamental questions of human existence.  Don’t women my age usually have it all figured out? Was I the only one who felt that life had passed her by and she missed the boat on so many fronts? I was sitting with…

Part 1/3: Which Vocation is “More Perfect”?

This article is the first of a trilogy on the theme of vocation. Click here for the second article, discussing whether an objectively superior vocation exists. A chapel bell tolls before dawn, sending a summons to the sleeper to arise. Jesus is calling. “All for you my beloved,” the sleeper whispers, “this day, each step, every breath, through You, with You, in You.” As morning breaks over the world, the chalice is lifted high from the altar in the cloister. And God’s presence is felt…

Burned By NFP

Burned By NFP

Nobody told me how hard natural family planning (NFP) would be. Nobody told me how hard marriage would be. No one told me how hard fatherhood would be. At least I don’t remember anyone giving me full disclosure twenty plus years ago. Then again, I probably wasn’t listening. I was too much in love. For those early years Melanie and I were in that “roaring fire” new love. That’s that exuberant young love that gives…

TOB, WOMANHOOD, & CONSECRATED VIRGINITY

TOB, WOMANHOOD, & CONSECRATED VIRGINITY

I’ve been aware of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body since I was a teenager, when my parents attended all three immersion courses at the Theology of the Body Institute. They encouraged me to do the same, and in 2014, I attended the first remote course offered near New Orleans where I live. I hoped that it would help me in my vocational discernment. I have always felt that God wanted me…

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & DELIVERANCE MINISTRY – PART 2 OF 4

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & DELIVERANCE MINISTRY – PART 2 OF 4

Last month’s reflection on Theology of the Body and Deliverance Ministry may have sounded rather strong. Well, it was meant to have an edge to it and challenge us priests to think of who we are as priests and what ministerial choices have we been making and why? Have we reduced Jesus’ Sacred Priesthood to a mere function or role? Pope Francis referred to the Church as a “field hospital.” This hospital not only includes…