HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

A Knight for Christ, A Divine Romance “As he now stood before his two oldest boys, holding a large crucifix in his hand and pointing to the wound in Christ’s side, he was manifesting more emotion than they had ever seen him show in all their years, even though Guy was eighteen and Gerard just sixteen. ” ‘My boy,’ said the father, ‘look at this wound often and let it speak to you.  Let it…

St. Philip Neri – May 26

At one point during my time in the seminary I returned to my room from class to find the entrance to my room “turned upside down.” The various pictures that were pasted to my door had been flipped over, and even the floor mat had been stuck to the ceiling. Such antics are not uncommon in seminary communities, and when done in good spirits they contribute to the building up of fraternity among seminarians and,…

Homily for Pentecost Sunday – Year B

For the “ancient Church,” Pentecost was a beginning – a beginning of the Church born in the Spirit of God. It was a beginning of zeal, fortitude, and tremendous trust in the Spirit of God in ministry. For many today, including some clergy, in the “modern church,” Pentecost has been reduced to an end – the end of the Easter season or some simplified watered-down happy “birthday” of the Church. For many, Pentecost, and the…

Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Year B

My Uncle Sylvester, a priest, gave me a Rosary when I made my First Communion. It came in a black leather pouch with a zipper. The pouch was lined with thick rich red velvet in which I used to love rubbing my thumb when I prayed my Rosary. While I no longer have either the Rosary or the case, I remember them, especially the case. That black case and its rich lining made an impression…

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…