Death and Dying

The Universal Experience of Death and Our Response In the experience of the average Parish Priest in the West, I suspect that after the Daily or Sunday Mass, the most common Mass celebrated by a Priest is that for a…

Rejoicing, Fruit of Love

Today the Church reaches Mid-Lent, traditionally called “Laetare Sunday”, from the Introit of the Mass, Rejoice Jerusalem/Laetare Jerusalem.  Having started the season of Lent largely reflecting on Biblical themes of temptation, penance, repentance, fasting, almsgiving and prayer, our attention will turn…

Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church: A New Marian Memorial for Post-Pentecost The idea of Mary being the Mother of the Church is ancient in pedigree.  It is as old arguably as St. Irenaeus and St. Augustine.  It follows a certain…

In Praise of Underdogs

People love underdogs.  I think they embody in human life the need for “the system” to be shaken.   They also show that with enough perseverance, grit, and talent, the lowly may rise, and the mighty may fall. Much of the…