The Purpose of Beauty

Like many people, I have a love affair with old churches. I lived in Rome a few years ago, and I am surprised I was at all coherent during that period. The wealth of churches—small ones down little cobblestoned side streets, gloriously gaudy ones at the end of...

Summertime Ideas for Intentional Discipleship (13.C)

I celebrated thirty three years of priesthood on Friday. Every one of them has been happy, but none happier than the years I have spent at Christ the Redeemer. I like everything about being a pastor… except for one thing. Busy-ness. I really hate how busy I am....

The Lasting Legacies of Peter and Paul

Keeper of the Keys Most readers are familiar with the various Gospel accounts of St. Peter as the Apostle specially chosen by Christ to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus gave to Peter (not to the other apostles) the keys to the “kingdom of...

Peter and Paul Against AntiChrist

A blessed solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, put to death under Emperor Nero in 67 Anno Domini, which, according to calendar reckoning then customary – for counting the years from Our Lord’s birth did not become a thing until Dionysius Exiguus began the...

On Pope’s Day, Two Priorities: "Witnesses"… and Processes

By custom the “last day of school” at the Vatican – marking the end of the Curia’s working year and opening the 10-week summer recess – the centerpiece of this feast of Saints Peter and Paul is usually the morning Mass which the Pope concelebrates...

The Sacred Heart and Prayer for Priests

A blessed Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a feast which has its origins in the early Middle Ages, when a renewed emphasis upon Christ’s humanity dawned upon the world, led by saints such as Bernard of Clairvaux and Francis of Assisi, on into the visions...

World Day of Prayer for Priests

Today, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, is the World Day of Prayer for Priests, instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2002, a reminder that Christ came in true human nature, with a human body, flesh and ‘heart’, and all that means, the emotions and...

Cool Heads and Heat Waves

We should all feel some empathy at the drowning of the father and his 23-month daughter in the Rio Grande. I have not for one seen the photograph of them face down in the murky water, but it is apparently making its appointed rounds, evoking worldwide...

Faith Matters: Find time for prayer and relaxation this summer

A question that people are frequently asked is “How are you doing?” A common response is “I am really busy.” Today it seems people have more to do with less time to get things done. Technology was supposed to solve this problem by creating more efficiencies. With less...