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Five Lessons on Faith From Peter’s Time in Jail

June 28, 2018 3 Comments
Five Lessons on Faith From Peter’s Time in Jail

On today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul it behooves us to look in detail at the first reading from today’s Mass and see in it a kind of roadmap to growing in faith. Peter’s story and experience were not just for him; they were for us as well. Let’s see what we can learn […]

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That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

May 16, 2018 3 Comments
That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles

As this Easter Season is nearing a close, we do well to ponder the picture of the early Church described in the Acts of the Apostles. The kind of persecution and suffering they endured in those days should serve to remind us of the sacrifices we are often unwilling to make. Yet these early descriptions […]

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Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

August 26, 2017 11 Comments
Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter, the Office of the Papacy, for Peter’s successors are the Popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication […]

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When did the Resurrection become truly the Faith, and the official teaching of the Church?

April 12, 2012 8 Comments

In the early hours of the resurrection appearances on the first Easter Sunday news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the […]

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It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us….On the Council of Jerusalem and the Catholicity of the Early Church

May 25, 2011 28 Comments

  In the first reading at Today’s Mass we have recounted for us the Council of Jerusalem which scholars generally date to around the Year 50 AD. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church since it would set forth an identity for the Church that was independent from the culture of […]

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The Fifth and Sixth Marks of the Church

January 28, 2011 23 Comments

The Nicene Creed fittingly noted four marks of the True Church: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These marks identify four essential qualities and characteristics the Church has and they distinguish the True Church from any false claimants. Now we, of course cannot add authoritatively to this venerable list. Nevertheless permit me a couple of “prayerful […]

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What St. Paul Can Teach Us About Respect for Church Authority

October 6, 2010 15 Comments

In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of Paul’s rapid assent […]

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A Distinction without a Difference, Or a Distinction to Die For? Wrestling with the Subtleties of John 21:16 – Peter Do you Love Me

April 17, 2010 50 Comments

One of the great indoor sports of New Testament Biblical Scholarship is how to interpret the subtleties in the dialogue between Jesus and Peter in today’s Gospel. It is the classic interaction wherein Jesus asks, “Peter do you love me?” And Peter responds “Yes, Lord you know that I love you.” This exchange occurs three […]

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