Jerome’s Holy Vulgarity

All saints change history, often in ways that are mysterious and opaque, but at times more obviously so. Such is Saint Jerome, to whom we may attribute the first truly ‘critical’ edition of the Bible, an edito typica, an official version of the Holy Word...

The Relentless God

WERE YOU startled by what you heard in the reading of Moses holding back the anger of God? It certainly provides a picture of God different from that which we usually entertain. There God was angry, full of wrath, ready to wipe out the entire Hebrew nation...

We Need to be UNcomfortable (26.C)

Today’s Gospel has a winner, Lazarus, and a loser, the rich man. And a clear target: “those… who loved money.” Our first reading also takes aim at the rich and comfortable. The prophet Amos thunders at those who sleep on elegant beds, eating...

Lorenzo, the Unintentional Missionary and Martyr

Today is the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (+1637), born of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, raised well in the Catholic Faith which had been brought to the Phillippines by Dominican priests, at whose Masses he would serve. His beautiful handwriting landed him...