Articles from June, 2015

Faith of our Fathers: Church Militant


Frederick William Faber was a theologian, poet, writer, and priest who lived in Victorian England. The son of a Calvinist minister, he was born in Yorkshire, England on 28 June 1814. After serving two years as an ordained minister in the Church of England, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church. With Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, he founded the Oratory in London. While Newman went on to establish the Birmingham Oratory, Fr. Faber remained in London. For his prodigious work, ... (Continue reading)

13th Sunday: The experience of suffering


For God created man for incorruption, and made him the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it. (Wis 2:23-24) These words from the Book of Wisdom, our first reading, address the problem of suffering—as did our first reading last Sunday, taken from the Book of Job. Suffering is part of the human condition; we all know that. Everyone suffers in some way, at some time; this ... (Continue reading)

12th Sunday: Objective truth and the saving Word


Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:1) We do well to consider the meaning of this question, posed by God in the dialogue with Job. The book of Job is a reflection or dialogue on the problem of evil and the suffering of the just in this world. As such, this book addresses the question of human suffering—specifically, the suffering of the just and the innocent. It gives voice to a question often asked: Why do the ... (Continue reading)

The Mass as Spectacle


The visiting priest came with members of his Order and a few singers. They were there to raise money and awareness for their charity and in so doing, they turned Holy Mass into a spectacle. Shouts of “Amen!” and “Alleluia!” filled the air as people enthusiastically waved their arms, prompted by the visiting priest. The musical performance (because that’s exactly what it was) was better suited to a rollicking concert venue than Holy Mass. The parishioners clapped to the upbeat rhythm, ... (Continue reading)

11th. Sunday: sacred liturgy


It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name (Ps. 92). Our celebration of the Paschal Mystery in all its detail was completed in a sense, with the beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated last Sunday and with the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated this past Friday. In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded for our sins we have a summary of our whole faith and the path of our discipleship. ... (Continue reading)

Corpus Christi: The gift of the Holy Eucharist


 Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:14) As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi as it is traditionally known, we celebrate the Church’s greatest treasure, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Though the Institution of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated yearly on Holy Thursday, Corpus Christi celebrates in a particular manner the Real Presence of Jesus in the ... (Continue reading)

John Richmond Phillips RIP


John Richmond Phillips, the former longtime publisher and editor-in-chief of the now defunct farm journal Farm & Country has passed away. JP, as he was known, was 88. Phillips stood “at the helm” of Farm & Country for 25 years, previously spending 10 years as a reporter and business editor. During that time the publication grew from a regular 12 page issue to as many as 96 pages in tabloid format during the peak times of the year. The focus was on ... (Continue reading)

Charlie Charlie: A wake-up call for sobriety

St. Michael the Archangel

When I was a teenager in the early seventies, an older cousin introduced me to the Ouija Board. At first, I thought we were just playing a harmless game. Amidst giggles and whispers we would ask silly questions: Does the cute boy like me? Will I have lots of money? While we lightly placed our hands on the planchette, it would answer our questions by pointing to letters of the alphabet or sliding over "yes" or "no." Initially, there was ... (Continue reading)

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