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A Magnificent Description of the Immigrant Church of 1900-1950

July 2, 2017 4 Comments
A Magnificent Description of the Immigrant Church of 1900-1950

The great influx of Catholic immigrants from Europe brought exponential growth to the Catholic population of this country, making Catholicism the single largest religious group by far. Those Catholic immigrants gathered together in ethnic parishes, creating ethnic neighborhoods in which faith and culture were knitted together. They sought survival in a land that seemed at […]

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One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

September 19, 2016 0 Comments
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary. […]

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Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

June 15, 2016 2 Comments
Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Pope Francis recently lamented the obsession of modern society with perfect bodies. Although our first thought on contemplating this might be cosmetics and plastic surgery, he was actually speaking about our increasing rejection of the disabled and the sick. This rejection is perhaps most sadly evidenced by the fact that […]

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Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

November 9, 2015 10 Comments
Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people. But along with that love comes, at times, disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues […]

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On Being the Adult in the Room

September 16, 2015 9 Comments
On Being the Adult in the Room

In the Letter to the Ephesians, St, Paul has this to say: And [Christ] gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and […]

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The Challenges Are Many but the Charge Remains the Same: Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Cardinal Wuerl

September 15, 2015 2 Comments
The Challenges Are Many but the Charge Remains the Same: Be Authentically Catholic – A Reflection on a Pastoral Letter of Donald Cardinal Wuerl

Recently Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese of Washington setting forth the need to be clear on our Catholic identity. It is entitled Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge. His essential message is that in an age of conflict and challenge we must be clearly and comfortably Catholic. In the […]

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What Does Remnant Theology Have to Teach us About the Church Today?

September 9, 2015 43 Comments
What Does Remnant Theology Have to Teach us About the Church Today?

Recently on the blog we examined a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center that reported a decrease in the number of Catholics in America. The good news is that as many as 45% of Americans indicated some affiliation with Catholicism. That does not mean that they are all Catholics. Sometimes it means that they […]

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Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

June 15, 2015 13 Comments
Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray […]

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