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.… Continue Reading “The Eternal Shore”
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,… Continue Reading “Frequent Confession to battle sin”
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.
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… Continue Reading “Jesus the Great High Priest”
[There is a lot to post about these days with some great feast days approaching!] I recently looked up the weight of a mill stone, because our Lord tells us “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it… Continue Reading “Scandal, Sanctity, Saint Therese”
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,… Continue Reading “Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary…”
The Gospel for this Sunday (18th Week of Ordinary Time, B) is John 6:24-35. I was reading Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Cantena Aurea (The Golden Chain) which contains commentary of the Church Fathers on passages from the Gospel. At verses 26 and 27, I saw… Continue Reading “Thoughts of the Church Fathers on John 6”