St. Ignatius of Loyola – July 31

In the journey of life, there are experiences that God gives us that help us to realign our lives more intimately to Him. Variations of this can happen every day. These experiences are the things of conversion. The conversion experience helps us to be more convicted of the reality that we are created by God and we are meant for Him. There are certain experiences in the Christian life that are meant to be capstones…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #3

Part 4 of 5 This is part four of a five part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. View the rest of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5 Today, we look at the third warning found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that, with the use of contraception, man “may forget the reverence due…

Homily for the Nativity of John the Baptist

We all love birthdays! We instinctively know that the birth of a person into this world is something that should be celebrated. We celebrate because we are happy that this person is in the world with us. Our knowing them has somehow made our life better. However, when the Church celebrates a birthday in our liturgical calendar, whether it is the Nativity of Jesus Christ, Our Lady, or St. John the Baptist, we are reflecting…

St. Boniface – June 5

Saint Boniface is venerated as the Apostle to the Germans. After spending 23 years in a Benedictine monastery in England, he apprenticed as a missionary with St. Willibrord in Holland for one year and then received his own papal commission to spread the Gospel among the barbarian tribes in Germany. In his 40+ years of missionary service, he preached the Gospel broadly, developed communities of faith, built monasteries, and established dioceses throughout the lands of…

Homily for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

In the B readings for the eleventh Sunday of Ordinary time, Jesus uses the image of the kingdom of God as likened to the sowing of seeds. The first reading from Ezekiel also uses the analogy of God planting a tender shoot that shall “put forth branches and bear fruit”. Finally in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he directs us to be courageous because all that we do in our bodies while in the world…

Homily for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

In the Collect for this Sunday’s celebration of the Mass we pray, “O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it.” This prayer presents to us three truths: God is creator and source of all that is good. God created us in his own image and likeness, allowing us to share in…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #2

Part 3 of 5 This is part three of a five part series unpacking the prophetic warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should the contraceptive pill be permitted and encouraged. View the rest of the series here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5   Today, we look at the second warning found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would facilitate “a general lowering of…

Homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter – Year B

In one of his reflections on the Song of Songs in the Theology of the Body series general audiences (June 6, 1984), St. John Paul II elaborates on the nature of human and divine love. It is entitled, “Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied,” a title we can all relate to. We live in the desire of love and as believers we have encountered human and divine love, yet we remain on a journey…

What is TOB?

  Journey to the Heart: A Walk Through the Theology of the Body Audiences Episode 1 In this premiere episode, Bill Donaghy of the TOB Institute lays the historical foundation of St. John Paul II’s catechesis on human love and unpacks the concept of “the beginning…” in Audience #1!

The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Greg Bottaro

Is there any man or woman alive who is not looking to be affirmed for who they are as God created them to be in their own uniqueness and unrepeatability? We all ache for the affirmation that we are “unique and unrepeatable, someone chosen by eternal Love” (TOB 15:4). This “ache” is an existential reality common to every single human person. We are all made with the need to be affirmed, and when this need…