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On the Loss of Faith as a Cause of Our Current Crisis

November 29, 2018 12 Comments
On the Loss of Faith as a Cause of Our Current Crisis

In the Liturgy of the Hours this week, we read a remarkable attributed to St. Macarius, a bishop of the early Church. I marvel at its vivid imagery, and yet at the same time, questions arise in my mind as to the general application of the text. In effect, the text states that if the […]

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St Charles Borromeo – A Model for Clergy in Troubled Times

November 4, 2018 3 Comments
St Charles Borromeo – A Model for Clergy in Troubled Times

Sunday was the feast day of my patron saint, Charles Borromeo. The times in which he lived were not so different from the current ones, and leadership like his is sorely needed today. Although I am not a bishop as he was, I am a pastor. I pray that in some small way I may […]

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A Warning from St. Gregory the Great for the Priest to Guard His Heart

October 20, 2014 6 Comments
A Warning from St. Gregory the Great for the Priest to Guard His Heart

For spiritual reading, I am currently reading The Book of the Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great.   Pope Saint Gregory was a master at taking details from the Old Testament priesthood and applying them to the priests of the New Covenant. In one reflection, he remarks on the details of the breastplate of the high […]

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25 Years a Priest. And a Wondrous Answer to a Question Both Ancient and Modern.

June 23, 2014 26 Comments
25 Years a Priest. And a Wondrous Answer to a Question Both Ancient and Modern.

Today is the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist. And twenty-five years ago today, on a blazing hot summer morning in Washington D.C. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, I was ordained a priest. May I tell you a strange truth? I remember nothing of it. I  have seen footage of it, […]

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Facets of a Faithful Father – A meditation on the role of a priest at the Feast of Corpus Christi.

June 22, 2014 2 Comments
Facets of a Faithful Father – A meditation on the role of a priest at the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Sunday’s Feast of Corpus Christi brought the first Masses of seven new priests ordained here in Washington. I was privileged to preach the first Mass of one of them: Fr. Aaron Qureshi. Since the readings suggest a kind of threefold office for the priest (related to teaching, governing, and sanctifying), I thought it might be […]

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A Brief Meditation on”Other Duties as Assigned.”

December 18, 2013 17 Comments
A Brief Meditation on”Other Duties as Assigned.”

I think all of us who embark on a certain career path, or status or vocation have a certain file in our life called “other duties as assigned.” Priests, and especially pastors are no exception. Since most of us live on site, there are many custodial duties that often find their way into our “other […]

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A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

December 5, 2013 33 Comments
A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less. A question recently came in about a topic that I have […]

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Seeing an image of the Priesthood in Wego the Bud Light Dog

October 4, 2013 3 Comments
Seeing an image of the Priesthood in Wego the Bud Light Dog

I spent the evening blessing animals on this, the Feast of St. Francis. There were a number of cats, for which I have an affinity, being a cat owner. But most were dogs. And dogs are magnificent animals, full of zest and loyal to a fault. I figured I had to blog on dogs this […]

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