Fulfilled in Your Hearing

For even the most adroit of readers, the Scriptural texts that constitute the Bible can be complex and difficult to understand, not only in terms of content and meaning, but also with respect to their origin and purpose. The Bible has, for almost all of its history, been simultaneously a perennial object of study for … Read more…

The Paradoxical Kingship of Christ

Today is the climactic finale of the Church’s liturgical season, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Next Sunday we will inaugurate a new liturgical year that begins with the joyful anticipation of Advent. The solemnity of Christ the King has always held great personal significance for me and is, in some ways, my favorite feast of … Read more…

The 3 Most Important Things to Remember When Thinking About the Synod

In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid hearing about it, there happens to be a synod of bishops in Rome right now discussing “the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary world.” Pope Francis has called this gathering because he wants the help of his fellow bishops to make a statement to the … Read more…

The Chicago Cubs and the Virtue of Hope

The wait is over! For the first time in seven years the Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs and one step closer to winning the World Series; a feat that has escaped them for over a century. Cubs fans finally have something to cheer about. With manager Joe Maddon at the helm and the sensational … Read more…

Was Pope Francis’ Trip to America a Disappointment?

Were you disappointed with Pope Francis trip to America? Most American Catholics were hoping to hear the Holy Father speak out against gay marriage and abortion; the two issues that are pressing upon the American people. But he didn’t. Francis consciously chose to avoid these issues. For some, the Pope’s silence on these matters is … Read more…

The God of Revelation Vs. The god of Our Making

The following is adapted from a talk that I gave to a High-School retreat last week: The pre-Christian world knew that there was divine power in the cosmos, anyone who has read the Greek and Roman classics knows that those powers were not by any means considered universally benevolent. It is one thing to know … Read more…

On Handwashing, Marketplaces, and The Fear of Evil.

Just a brief note to convey a thought I had about today’s Gospel reading from Mark, Chapter 7: “When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. —For the Pharisees and, in fact, all … Read more…