As citizens of the United States, we are blessed to live in a country where we have the right to participate in our own governance through free and fair elections. This great responsibility comes with a grave moral obligation to ensure that we cast our ballot only after careful consideration. The right to… Continue reading Preparing to Vote in November 2016
Like all of you I am deeply shocked and saddened to see the reports of such a great tragedy in Paris. God is the author of life and so any action that takes innocent lives cannot be of God and is certainly not pleasing to God. Seeing this tragedy unfold I am reminded that “pain… Continue reading Response to the terrorist attacks in Paris
If you have been listening to the news this week I’m sure you heard that Pope Francis gave priests the authority to absolve the sin of abortion. Sadly, as often happens when the secular media tries to report on the Catholic Church without first checking with the Church, there was much confusion. Many Catholics,… Continue reading Pope Francis, Abortion and the Year of Mercy
Anyone who is committed to living out their faith knows that sometimes are easier than other times. There are times when God feels close, often called times of consolation, and there are times when God seems distant, often called times of desolation. While ups and downs in the spiritual life are normal, it is… Continue reading HOW TO OVERCOME TIMES OF ABANDONMENT
As a man of faith I believe that every human person is deserving of love, justice and equality. Yet it is precisely because I believe in love, justice and equality for all that watching the legalization of homosexual marriage in our great country tears my heart apart. Love, justice and equality must be rooted… Continue reading Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Homosexual Marraige
Every Sunday at Mass, when we recite the Nicene Creed, we profess our belief that Jesus “was born of the virgin Mary.” This profession of our Lady’s virginity expresses the ancient belief of our Church, dating back to the early second century and universally held by the 4th century, that the Mother of… Continue reading In Defense of the Blessed Mother’s Virginity
This weekend I was asked by a few parishioners if they should attend an upcoming meeting with Mr. Ivan Dragicevic in St. Charles on March 18th, where he claims an apparition of the Blessed Mother will take place. While I have my own personal views on Medjugorje, I am certainly not a mariologist… Continue reading Can I attend a meeting with a Medjugorje visionary where an “apparition” is going to occur?
My brothers and sisters never forget the devil but keep your attention focused on Christ.
Like all of you I do not know what happened at that scene but as I have seen the events unfold I am reminded of just how precious life is. I am reminded with the great theologian Garrigou-LeGrange, that “pain invites us to have recourse to Him who alone can restore peace… Continue reading Response to Incident in Ferguson
Today the universal Church celebrates the great feast of the Assumption. This feast is so important that the Church maintains the day as a Holy Day of Obligation (all Catholics are required to go to Mass on this day just as if it were a Sunday.) But what is this feast of the Assumption? This… Continue reading What is the Feast of the Assumption