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Care of Creation: A Eucharistic Call to Action

How does the presentation of the gifts during the celebration of the Eucharist challenge us to care for creation? “I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic,” she said, “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.” Simple words, a cry from the […]

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Scars of Brokenness and Transformation

How can our wounds help us to become more Christ-like? When Jesus appears to the disciples during the coda of Luke’s Gospel they are rightfully shocked at his unpredictable presence. Following his death and fearing persecution, Jesus’ followers were hiding when a form appeared in their midst. Clarifying that he was not an apparition or phantom, Jesus […]

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Forgive to Live

The Eucharist calls us to greater communion. Often this requires us to forgive others. But how do we do that? A woman tells of an eighteen-year search for a birth parent because she was given up for adoption as an infant. She felt the questions which were constantly on her mind could only be answered […]

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Our Good Deeds Follow Us: A Reflection on the Secondary Joy of Heaven

Everyone wants to experience the joy of heaven, but how do our good deeds affect our eternal joy? There are places in the New Testament where we are told that our good deeds follow us to heaven, and presumably increase our joy there. If we can gain a better understanding of this joy, and why […]

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Keeping Time: Jazz and a Eucharistic Perspective of Time

How does the Eucharist shape your experience of time? I have a running joke with a longtime leader of music ministry at my local parish. It started once when we were talking about a Sunday liturgy and she suggested trimming the length of something to make it a bit shorter and move the mass along. […]

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Discovering the Rich Treasures of Popular Piety, Part II

Popular piety, nourished by the word of God and reflecting the encounter of faith and culture, can be for many a powerful complement to the Church’s liturgical worship and prayer and an entry into a deeper lived faith. VII. How can customary popular religiosity be renewed? To respond to this important question, one could draw […]

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Christ Is at the Door

The situation of refugees in the world today is a complex one. What is the role of the Church in addressing it, and what principles do Christians and other persons of faith bring to the conversation? In November 1958, Father Vincent McCauley, a Holy Cross priest, and three of his fellow religious arrived in Fort […]

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From Heart and Soul to Stone and Mortar

The anniversary of a great cathedral is a reminder of the importance of signs of God’s presence and grace in our world. This year, 2019, was the thirtieth anniversary of my ordination to the permanent diaconate, and six of these years were spent serving in the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City. In September […]

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Discovering the Rich Treasures of Popular Piety, Part I

Popular piety, nourished by the word of God and reflecting the encounter of faith and culture, can be for many a powerful complement to the Church’s liturgical worship and prayer and an entry into a deeper lived faith. In the contemporary experience of parish priests, missionaries, catechists, preachers, and liturgists, the task of evangelization is […]

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Ministry Leadership Lessons from Moses

Moses was a great leader, a powerful man. His life and example convey profound lessons of service and compassion. Not many people would be able to place into a resume these positions: military commander, nation builder, liberator, religious leader, lawgiver, judge, mediator, advocate, leader of the opposition, visionary. Yet those are just some of the roles […]

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