The Wisdom of the Woods

“What I know of the divine science and holy scripture, I learnt in the woods and fields.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux In southeastern Pennsylvania, USA, the leaves are falling, the wind is breathing cooler, and the air smells rich with the scent of wood fires. We have a cycle of seasons here. They rise and fall from spring to winter like the very lives we live. And every season is a chance for us…

How Do We Fix This?

“… Through some mysterious crack… the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest, dissatisfaction, confrontation. The Church is no longer trusted.” – Blessed Paul VI, June 1972 I’m sure many of you reading this article have had wonderful experiences with the Church and Her good sons, just as I have. You may have a wonderful pastor, a trusted confessor, or are friends with a good priest or…

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…

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…

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

Part 2 of 5 This is part two 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 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…

Hearkening to Humanae Vitae: A 5 Part Series

This is part one 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   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…

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…