• A Teaching On Desire From St. Augustine

    Most of the saints have written about the central battle of our life: desire. What we desire is crucial because in the end, we get what we want. Either we die wanting what God offers, or we die not wanting it. Either we love what and whom God loves, or we don’t. We tend to think that... Read more
  • Lent, fear of freedom, and love of slavery

    Image: Joshua Sortino | Unsplash.com Lent is hurtling toward us. This realization usually raises a sense of dread. The late great Fr. Alexander Schmemann may once have described Lent as “bright sadness,” but too often it seems neither bright nor sad. Rather, it often seems grey and glum.... Read more
  • In this time of great scandal, faithful priests need your love more than ever

    There’s a crisis in the Catholic Church that no one’s talking about. It’s not abuse. It’s not cover-ups. It doesn’t spring from Vatican infighting. It starts much closer to home, with the shepherds who guide the flock. Many good and godly Catholic priests are struggling with their... Read more
  • The Widow’s Mite

    There’s a story that when the Statue of Liberty was being renovated and restored in the early 1980s and money was being solicited from donors across the country, an envelope showed up with two dimes in it and a note from a young boy, saying: “This is my lunch money for today, but I am... Read more
  • Hidden and Glorious: Two Images of Mary in the Book of Revelation

    Mary has two significant appearances in the Book of Revelation. Most devout Catholics are familiar with one of them: A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars (Revelation 12:1). But there is a... Read more
  • When Thunder Whispers: The Voice of God in the Old Testament

    In the Old Testament, one of the most profound ways God makes His presence known is through His voice. This is evident from the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve have sinned and God is looking for them: When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the... Read more
  • The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism—A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    Today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s Baptism but on our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the... Read more
  • Salvation history, the Jordan River, and the Sacrament of Baptism

    On today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I have the great joy of administering this sacrament to my own newborn nephew, James Patrick. Although he won’t remember it, this will be the best and most important day of his life. This is no hyperbole. There is nothing more important anyone can... Read more
  • Priest: Why holy water comes with me whenever I travel

    Every now and again, I have the opportunity to travel and speak at conferences, sharing about Mary’s importance in the spiritual life. When I do so, I usually have to spend the night in a hotel room. One of the essentials I pack (or because I’m a priest, can make) is a small bottle of holy... Read more
  • Methodists Agree to Split Denomination

    Factions in the United Methodist Church (UMC) have reached an initial settlement around its intractable division over LGBT marriage and ordination—offering $25 million to a group of conservative congregations who want to break away and form a new denomination. Various groups were slated to... Read more