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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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Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

August 15, 2013
Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very […]

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Pastors are not Interchangeable Parts – A Reflection on an Article By George Weigel

July 23, 2013 27 Comments
Pastors are not Interchangeable Parts – A Reflection on an Article By George Weigel

George Weigel recently published an article in First Things that offers a good critique of a common practice in most U.S. Dioceses, that of moving pastors every six to ten years. While some priests are lucky enough to stay longer, most find themselves moving every six or more years. Frankly, both priests and parishes usually […]

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