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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 stay. They found a tavern that would accept them—Francis Xavier Seelos slept on a bench, and Saint John Neumann paced all night reading his breviary and praying. Perhaps an example like this is what our Lord would use to once again explain that being a faithful follower of Christ does entail some difficulties, but it is in those difficulties that we are drawn into a closer union with God. (more…)

Scandal, Sanctity, Saint Therese

[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 would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (cf Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) (more…)

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, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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Thoughts of the Church Fathers on John 6

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 two comments which seemed very relevant to today and once again an examination of conscience to those in Holy Orders:

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