“We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”Read more
Maria Gargan (1892-1973) was beatified in Naples today, Cardinal Amato presiding. Blessed Maria Gargani was an Italian professed religious who was a member of theRead more
The content of our new life is to be thankful and to share the good news with the world that he is risenRead more
The story of Christmas interrupts the story of empire.Read more
The Lord whom we glorify in song at each Liturgy is the same Lord who never ceases to pray that those whom he has chosen will be one, as he and the Father are one.Read more
Communicating the word is a two way process which requires attentive listeners for it to be effective.Read more
The ideal image of clergy as those who draw others in and then get out of the way, pointing to the living God, not themselves… Our North American culture is so pathologically about a reality that is only ‘me’, particularly the ‘me’ who consumes, controls, and manages, that I experienced a moment of hopelessness that any of this made sense in 2017.Read more
“What is the Church?”
Simon Peter said to the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”
Simon Peter, the passionate. “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Simon Peter, the spokesman. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Simon Peter, the failure….Read more
Preparing a homily: “The guards were shaken with fear…and became like dead men.”Read more
That fact that such a quick fix approach
is rampant among preachers and bloggers.
Is evident to me in the number of them
who suggested preaching on the text “Amazing Grace”
with its “once I was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
Is it really that simple?
And if not,
what is the alternative to quick fix Sunday?