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Priesthood

Priests, Parents, and Leaders: Take Heart!

September 26, 2017 4 Comments
Priests, Parents, and Leaders: Take Heart!

Today I would like to present excerpts from the stirring sermon “On Pastors,” delivered by St. Augustine to the priests and people of Hippo. Although it is directed to priests, I hope that parents and leaders in general might also take courage from it. In times like these we must all be reminded of the […]

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When Honor Eclipses Truth

September 21, 2017 3 Comments
When Honor Eclipses Truth

Every year at about this time we read St. Augustine’s sermon “On Pastors” in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours. As you know, priests are required to read the Divine Office daily; St. Augustine’s sermon extends over the better part of two weeks. It amounts to a stern warning for priests […]

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On Priestly Discretion

September 6, 2017 4 Comments
On Priestly Discretion

To be discreet most commonly means to be careful, prudent, or circumspect, especially in terms of speech. The word discreet comes from Latin discretus, meaning separate or distinct. To be discreet is not to be secretive; it is to make a prudent discernment about what to say to whom and when to say it. Personal, […]

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Faithful Fathers

June 18, 2017 0 Comments
Faithful Fathers

Sunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of the new priests ordained here in Washington. It was also Father’s Day. The readings for Corpus Christi suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying). I thought it might be good to present some of the notes from […]

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A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

August 17, 2016 5 Comments
A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

The first reading from today (Wednesday of the 20th week of the year) is a significant admonition for priests. In this post, permit this priest to wonder how this warning from the Lord might apply to priests and shepherds today. You who read these wonderings: please pray for priests, because we who have received much […]

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Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

April 13, 2016 6 Comments
Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

A key aspect of the priesthood, set forth by Jesus in the New Covenant, is that priest and victim are one and the same. Prior to this, the priests of the Old Covenant sacrificed animals: lambs, bulls, goats, turtle doves, etc. But in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the priesthood of the New Covenant, the […]

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Sins of the Priests

November 2, 2015 11 Comments
Sins of the Priests

The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord sets forth a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case that God presents shows a body of evidence […]

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A Sacramental Six-Pack on the Eve of My 50th Birthday: A Brief Snapshot of the Gift of the Priesthood

July 11, 2011 57 Comments

This Past Sunday I celebrated my 50th Birthday and of all the gifts I received, I must say I got the best from the Lord who delivered it in a “strange package.” It began the day before as I arose and realized with some dread that I had surely over-committed myself. As I looked at […]

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