Category: Catholic Life

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….

Heart of Saint John Vianney

Yesterday my diocese had the great joy of welcoming the incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

God’s gift of Life

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet… (Is. 62:1) On Friday January 18, I was at the March for Life in Washington, DC, and every year when I look around I am awestruck by the…

2018-what a year!

It’s amazing to see how the year went by so quickly…here’s a little photo summary. First: don’t forget about the indulgences attached to the Te Deum prayed on December 31 and the Veni Creator on January 1. I wrote a blog post about this.

A Day in the Life

At the rehearsal dinner for a Marriage I witnessed, somebody  told me her son wanted to be a priest because he figured priests took a break all week between Sunday Masses. The irony was that I was in the middle of a period where…

Christ the King

WE WANT CHRIST TO REIGN! That must be our anthem. We need Him to reign over us more than ever! In 1925 when Pope Pius XI instituted this feast (in Quas Primas), the world was in upheaval, just as it might seem today. This…

All Saints

The celebration of All Saints is an ancient joint feast commemorating the martyrs, especially the men and women who were executed for the faith by the Roman Emperor.