Category: Catholic Life

We Don’t Promise a Garden of Roses

In the 1960s and 1970s the Marine Corps used a slogan to attract new recruits: “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” The Corps promised only pain, extreme challenges, and sacrifice. The messaging attracted a certain kind of recruit: One who was only interested in…

The Eternal Shore

This is one of those great Gospel passages (John 21:1-19) that plays through our minds like a video. It is so vivid! They had spent all night working hard fishing, and caught nothing. Then on the shore a man asks if they caught anything….

Confession–to a priest?

Sometimes people will simply ask me, “father why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? There are priests who have done bad things and we hear about this in the news. I’ve decided I can just confess to God.” So let’s…

Frequent Confession to battle sin

On April 6, 1957 a young man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death: he had murdered a stock merchant at the Paris stock exchange by bludgeoning him to death and in his attempt to escape had shot and murdered a police man,…

Temptation

This Gospel (cf Luke 4:1-13)  is a great mystery: our Lord is like us in all things but sin. Here he is battling it out with the devil. Our Lord is weakened after 40 days in the desert, a time of preparation. The Israelites…

Don’t judge me!

I know you’re about to judge me: “should I listen to Father or should I read the bulletin?” We are constantly making judgments. Recently when I was returning the Pro Life march somebody pointed out to me that we now have a new state…

Mortification, Strength in God

This is several weeks behind, but here is my homily from last weekend… I don’t know about you, but for me one of the consequences of winter is dry skin. It’s a constant battle to keep from having cracks and cuts in my hands….