Category: Catholic Life

Jesus the Great High Priest

I preached this homily on the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B. There is a legend that Saint John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos were traveling through Latrobe. Due to the Anti-Catholicism of the time they could not find a place to…

True riches are in Heaven

The man in the Gospel (Mark 10:17-30) is after our American-pragmatic sense: he gets right to the point: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Our Lord then makes sure he is at least following the commandments, but then He gives…

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary time

Recently I preached on the scandals that have caused searing pain in the Church. Not many people in the parish had spoken to me directly about the scandal, which worried me, because I knew that people were simmering. I asked around a bit and…

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary…

Given the state of thing in the United States in the Church, this letter by Benedict XVI to the church in Ireland seemed appropriate. On this vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us beg her to crush the devil. Remember,…

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration, which is described in the Synoptics.

Saint John Vianney: The Curé d’Ars

Today on the Novus Ordo Calendar the Church celebrated the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the Cure D’ Ars (1962 Calendar is August 8). This is a remarkable Saint, a zealous priest, and the Patron Saint of priests.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

I am sorry it has been a long time since a blog post. Beginning again on our Blessed Mother’s Feast day seems very appropriate. Associated with this feast day is the devotional of the Carmelite Scapular, often simply referred to as the Brown Scapular.

Good Shepherd Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not…

Happy Birthday, Papa BXVI!

Today is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 91st Birthday! This man was elected Supreme Pontiff when I was in college and really returning to the Faith. Since then he continues to inspire me by his life and his very solid and clear writings on the…