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Tagged: Community

The Virtue of the Rich?

Sometimes, the Church’s call to embrace voluntary poverty and her emphasis on the poor and oppressed can seem counterproductive. After all, growing in virtue is an important part of the Christian life—and wealth would seem to be conducive to such...

The Virtue of the Rich?

The Danger and Necessity of Enthusiasm

Reactionary traditionalists[1] criticize all sorts of things about the mainstream Church, from architectural styles to papal pronouncements, from ecumenism to the use of the term “Holy Spirit.” Among this storm of criticism, however, one overarching concern stands out; traditionalists feel...

The Danger and Necessity of Enthusiasm

Build My Community

A reflection on the readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Church Services in 2025[i] Pastor: The Lord be with you! Congregation: And with your spirit. Pastor: Will everyone please turn on their tablet or iPad, laptop, smartphone, or...

Build My Community

Stop Moving Pastors!

There is a damaging lack of stability in the US Catholic Church. The changing of pastors has become a ritual of parish life. Every six years or so, awkward announcements are made, goodbyes are said, and the parish priest heads off...

Stop Moving Pastors!

God’s Community of Love

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, May 30, 2021 — The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  Last Saturday, my infant son received the Sacrament of Baptism. When the celebrant poured holy water over my son’s head and used...

God’s Community of Love