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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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On Proclaiming the "Whole Counsel of God" A Word to Priests and Parents from St Paul.

May 8, 2011 6 Comments

I am preparing some notes for a Retreat for Priests that I will be preaching this summer. And one of the Key texts I will be using is Paul’s farewell speech to the presbyters (priests) of the early Church. Here is a skilled bishop and pastor, exhorting others who have pastoral roles in the Church. […]

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Vocations in the Wake of Scandal – "I am Part of the Solution, not the Problem."

May 5, 2011 0 Comments

At the Bottom of this post is an encouraging excerpt taken from a video, The Catholic Priest Today, produced by the Cresta Group.  In it we are reminded once again of the resiliency of the Church, and that the Holy Spirit can make a way out of no way. From a worldly perspective one would […]

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Happy Easter – Jesus is on line one

April 23, 2011 0 Comments

Do you have a cell phone?  Does your cell phone tell you who it is that is trying to call you?  Do you usually check that caller ID and decide, based on who it is, whether to answer the phone or not? “Answer”, “Ignore” or “Send to voicemail”? I do! In all honesty, when someone […]

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