March 19, 2020

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary “It is not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants, but through the rightness that comes through faith”. Saint Paul says further: “that it may be a gift and the promise may be guaranteed to his descendants not to those who […]

March 5, 2020

“If you who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father know how to give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11). Queen Esther appeals to God to save her. She is an orphan and appeals to his mercy and kindness. Jesus urges […]

February 20, 2020

Jesus is on his way to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus asks his disciples who the people say he is? They say in reply, John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the prophets. Jesus asks them: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answers: “You are the Christ.” Jesus says: “Don’t tell anyone.” […]

February 6, 2020

Saint Paul Miki and Companions Saint Paul Miki and his companions were martyred in Nagasaki, Japan, and are identified as “cradle Catholics” killed in the 16th century. Paul Miki himself was a catechist and spokesman who forgave those who martyred him. He left a legacy like Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence. Today’s gospel from Mark, […]

January 16, 2020

We began two books of the Bible on this Week One of Ordinary Time: 1 Samuel and the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, beginning with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Samuel was an outstanding prophet who anointed King Saul and King David after the people begged God and Samuel for a king, […]

January 2, 2020

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzen Who do you say that I am? Peter answers: You are the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the name of the human being who is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God. This is our faith. It is found in the gospels, the “good […]

December 19, 2019

Raise a glad cry, break forth in jubilant song (Is 54: 1). Christmas is less than a week away. St. John the Baptist, the messenger, is identified as the promised precursor of the Messiah. The least in the Kingdom of God is declared even greater than John. Those who listen to Jesus, including the tax […]


Frequent Communion: Reward or Spiritual Need? The Continuing Relevance of the Eucharistic Teachings of Pius IX and Pius X

Who were the voices promoting frequent communion during the First Vatican Council and ensuing years? Who are those voices today? Introduction Pius IX (1846-1878) and Pius X (1903-1914) have much in common and differ in many ways as well. Pius IX lived in a time of transition. New philosophies were affecting dramatic changes in the […]

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December 5, 2019

Open up the gates so that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in (Is 26: 2). The first reading from Isaiah seems to borrow from an entrance ritual of a city that is built on rock and that rock is faith in God and his goodness and mercy. The gospel from Matthew sounds […]

November 21, 2019

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. They shall be your people and I shall dwell among you.” These words of the prophet Zechariah invite us to rejoice because God will visit his people in the person of Jesus of […]