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Who Was Melchizedek?

January 23, 2019 13 Comments
Who Was Melchizedek?

Wednesday’s first reading spoke of the mysterious Melchizedek: This Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kings and blessed him. And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything. His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” […]

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The Sins of Priests

November 12, 2018 12 Comments
The Sins of 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 presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as […]

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A Valuable New Book Sets Forth the Gift of the Priestly Blessing

November 6, 2018 1 Comment
A Valuable New Book Sets Forth the Gift of the Priestly Blessing

For priests, there is probably no request more common than this one: “Father, will you bless this?” Dozens of times per week we’re requested to bless a new rosary, statue or other religious article, or even a new car or home. We also get more personal requests: “Father, may I have your blessing?” Even in […]

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A Simple but Clear Warning

September 10, 2018 16 Comments
A Simple but Clear Warning

In recent months we have once again been forced to confront the sinful evils we have inflicted upon one another. Currently the focus is rightfully on the sins of the clergy. The sexual predations of some clergy have a three-fold effect on the victims and on the Church. First there is the violation of the […]

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St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

August 26, 2018 5 Comments
St. Monica and Prayers for Priests

On the Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me too! I really needed (and still need) her prayers. In this time of pain in the Church, when God’s people are rightly disturbed by the sins of the clergy, many of you […]

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In Troubled Times, a Priest Must Pray and Conform His Heart to God

August 21, 2018 7 Comments
In Troubled Times, a Priest Must Pray and Conform His Heart to God

In times like these, when Church reform is so urgent, priests must refocus and re-center their lives more clearly than ever. Through prayer and study every priest must guard his heart and, in so doing be more empowered to help God’s people do the same. Two images come to mind, one of prayer and the […]

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A Pre-Lenten Preparation for Priests and a Request for Prayers from the Faithful

February 12, 2018 9 Comments
A Pre-Lenten Preparation for Priests and a Request for Prayers from the Faithful

Priests need to prepare for Lent too. The Book of the Prophet Malachi provides a kind of mini-examen for them. As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please understand that neither the biblical text nor my commentary should be construed as meaning that all or even most priests are like this. Sadly, […]

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Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

January 4, 2018 23 Comments
Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

Not too long ago, one of my readers sent me a collection of sayings or aphorisms on the topic of ministry. The collection is entitled Defining Ministry.  The reader, who apparently does not think I follow modern trends very well, scolded me for being out-of-touch and recommended that I review the list. That reader apparently […]

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