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...

Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

On October 1, we celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. We are very fortunate to have a shrine dedicated to St. Thérèse in our diocese. The Carmelites have a long standing presence in the diocese and for this I am most grateful. This is the saint who...

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...