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 […]

November 7, 2019

Today’s gospel passage, from St. Luke’s fifteenth chapter, recalls two similar parables about a lost sheep and a lost coin (Lk 15:1-10). The parables focus on why Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. The answer is that there is more joy in heaven and among the angels over one sinner who repents (who is […]

October 17, 2019

St. Ignatius of Antioch St. Paul treats justification in the epistle to the Romans. It is an important theme, but one that is complex and profound. We can but briefly look at St. Paul’s reflection in the Epistle to the Romans (ch. 3-5). Paul points out that God is holy and justice or righteousness is […]

October 3, 2019

Ezra, the priest, brought the law before the assembly: men and women, and children old enough to understand listened attentively to the reading. He blessed the Lord and the people who with arms raised high, answered “Amen. Amen.” Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the Lord, their faces to the ground. The Levites […]

September 19, 2019

A Pharisee invites Jesus to dine with him. A sinful woman learns about it and makes her way to the house and kneels behind Jesus, who is eating at the table. She washes his feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair, and anoints his feet with precious ointment. The Pharisee is judgmental; […]