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

Part 3 of 5 This is part three of a series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. 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 moral standards.” (HV, 17) So, in the past 50 years, has there been a general lowering…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s Prophecy #1

Part 2 of 5 This is part two of a five part series unpacking the four warnings Blessed Paul VI spoke in 1968 should contraception, and in particular the contraceptive pill, be permitted and encouraged. Today, we look at the first warning, found in section 17 of Humanae Vitae. It predicted that access to contraception would “open wide the way for marital infidelity,” (HV, 17). One story alone will suffice to reveal that this first prediction has become a reality. Ashley Madison. In August…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: A 5 Part Series

Half a century ago this summer, the world witnessed the strength and conviction of Blessed Pope Paul VI, who despite the pressure of a culture fascinated with a new contraceptive technology, held fast to old ways. In a transient “society of the immediate”, Paul VI was pointing us to our deeper roots; to those ancient truths about the human person and the plan of God written in Genesis. In this five part series, we will…

The Longing: 2nd Week of Lent

Staying in Love: Practicing Last week, we reflected on the invitation that comes to us at the start of Lent from the heart of the Bridegroom – I invite you to trust me and disrobe your heart – to take off the costume of the “self-perfected disciple”, and to stand before me in vulnerability so that you may experience the profound tsunami of my love, that it may wash over and into you, and that…

The Longing: Ash Wednesday

The Encounter with Love: Pierced Have you ever noticed at weddings, when the bride is coming down the aisle, looking radiant and joyful…have you noticed how people’s heads turn back and forth, like they’re watching a tennis match? They look at her, then up at the groom, then back at her, then back to him. She is, objectively speaking, the most beautiful one there, commanding our attention, and yet, for some reason we turn our…

Homily for the Chair of St. Peter

Do you have a problem with authority? It seems that many people do. It may not be outright rebellion, but at least skepticism. Do those in charge really have my best interests in mind? So much of what following a leader depends on is trusting that what is prescribed is really good for us. With so many examples of bad leadership, whether political, social, or religious, it is no wonder that many people, especially those…

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…