Category: Catholic Life

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.

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,…