In the School of the Holy Spirit

Are you pursuing a plan for holiness? In his book, In the School of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jacques Philippe writes, “Holiness is not a program for life, but something obtained from God. We all have the power to become…

Why Christians Should Evangelize Like Ants

It’s getting muggy here in Southern California, and the hot temperatures and humidity seem to be a call for the ants to rally. I’ve started sprinkling cinnamon along the edges of the food cabinets, and all dishes must be clean…

Staying Connected

Do you remember when your telephone was connected to the kitchen wall? Or how about when your computer was connected to a jack in the wall and you could hear the sounds of being connected to the internet? I’m sure…

How Can I Welcome Someone at Mass?

None of us want our parishes to be a place that’s not welcoming, that’s not hospitable to the outsider, visitor, guest, or occasional-attender. The question is how? What to do? What can I as just one individual do to welcome someone at Mass?…

Reflections on Humanae Vitae Part I – What it Says

The Church is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of its most famous encyclicals in the modern world: Humanae Vitae. Of course if you have read most of the press coverage, the word “celebrate” may seem a bit…

Reflections on a Covenant

For the husband is the head of the wife, even As Christ is the head of the church: And he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject Unto Christ, so let wives be To their…

Rodin's "The Thinker"

The Truth about Reality

What is real? This is one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy. The french philosopher René Descartes tried to answer this question with his famous “Cogito, Ergo Sum”: I think, therefore I am. In this, he is right: we…

Not Changed, But Perfected

We live in strange times. I’m sure people of every age feel this way. There is a constant tension between the past and the future. New ideas and ways of thinking are scrutinized against a long tradition. But the last…

Making The Old New Again

I’ve always found today’s Gospel reading difficult to understand.  It feels as though Jesus was light years ahead of John’s disciples, and even his own for that matter.  Then a thoughtful soul explained that, no, you really can’t fast in…

Does Your Parish Have a Life?

I grew up in a large parish that had an elementary school. Most of my family’s social life revolved around parish and school events – Spaghetti Dinners, Summer Socials, Christmas plays and so on. Gatherings that took place off the…