Tagged: love

Love: A Prophetic Call

A reflection on the Readings of January 30, 2022 – the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time It is not uncommon for people to ask me, “How did you decide to become a priest?” Often my answer to this question is...

Love: A Prophetic Call

No one is an accidental creation

In my thirty years on this earth, I have strived to live according to the commandments handed down by God fully manifest in the incarnate and risen Jesus Christ. It is never easy, regardless of which commandment. While all are...

No one is an accidental creation

The Insanity of Unbelief

It is when we are most beset that God makes Himself closest to us for the simple reason that we are then most like Him. The Cross shows Him at His most beset, and also yet at His most triumphing....

The Insanity of Unbelief

Untangling Sex from Same-Sex Love

Imagine a line segment. On the farthest point left are the words, “Welcome and accompany homosexual persons.” On the farthest point right are the words, “God cannot bless sin.” The CDF’s recent responsum on the question of the blessing of...

Untangling Sex from Same-Sex Love

The “Good God”/”Bad God” myth

Richard Dawkins wrote in The God Delusion: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic,...

The “Good God”/”Bad God” myth

Chaste love is for everyone

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith’s response to the question of whether the Church has the power to bless same-sex unions, and the reaction that ensued upon its publication, is a moment of reckoning for Catholics. Although the...

Chaste love is for everyone
President Biden takes oath of office

Joe Biden quotes St. Augustine: context

In his inaugural address today, President Joe Biden surprised me by quoting St. Augustine. (I expected him to quote Scripture, which he also did.) Notably, he called him “a saint in my Church,” referring to the Catholic Church. That reference...

Joe Biden quotes St. Augustine: context

The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat

The lack of the unity in the Church in recent years has given rise to more than just a penchant for irrational scientific beliefs and moral dogmatism. It has also allowed the sin of vainglory to flourish and find new...

The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat

Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond

The Christian story began amidst great turmoil: The passion, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus; the continuing doubts, even after the Resurrection; the long and brutal persecution; and the dispersal of believers across the Roman Empire. This was the context of...

Faith, Hope, Love: Antidotes for the Pandemic and Beyond

An invitation to the Wedding Feast of the Lord

A reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. At my parish, I am currently leading an eight-week series on St. John of the Cross. John’s poems are all brilliant, but the ones that are the...

An invitation to the Wedding Feast of the Lord

Opening our Hearts to all Our Brothers and Sisters

On Sunday, Pope Francis promulgated his third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship. His timely assessment of the state of our world touches on issues including war, extreme inequality and economic disparity, environmental degradation, and the fractured global...

Opening our Hearts to all Our Brothers and Sisters