As we read the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion we cannot help but pause and reflect when we read our Lord’s last 7 words or phrases. Tradition has ascribed to each of these 7 sayings a correspondence to 1 of the 7 sacraments. How beautiful it is that Christ spoke to the 7 sacraments, as… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: Introduction.
One of the highlights of my week is having the privilege as an instituted acolyte, the ordinary extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, to distribute the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord. This privilege leaves me in awe and in great gratitude. Since being assigned to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which attracts… Continue reading How do you approach Holy Communion?
The more time I spend around both the youth and the elderly the more heartbroken I become realizing that many of these people feel they have no place in the Church. I have often found that these two groups of people frequently feel alienated from the Church. They have a mistaken notion that the Church… Continue reading A Church For All Ages
Today we seem to live in a world that puts too much emphasis on our thoughts, feelings and desires. Personally I want to rise above my own thoughts, feelings and desires which are prone to mistakes and live in conformity with the truth. Where then can I turn to be sure I am living in… Continue reading When my Conscience Conflicts with the Teachings of the Church.
In recent years there has been a renewed push by some members of the Church to ordain women to the ministerial priesthood. While I understand some of the natural reasons people give for this push I can’t understand how they seriously entertain the idea because the Church has always held the privilege of… Continue reading Women Priests: Why Not? An Introduction
For years, people, both inside and outside the Church have called for the Church to lift Her ancient practice of priestly celibacy. This cry gained support with the drop in the number of vocations to the priesthood following the Second Vatican Council and the cry has recently been reenergized by the despicable heterosexual, homosexual and… Continue reading Clerical Celibacy: A Good for the Whole Church
Introduction For some reason I meet very few Catholics who openly disagree with the Church’s understanding of the true presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament or a belief in the Trinity but it seems like very frequently I come across many Catholics who openly disagree with the Churches teaching on sexual morality. In these… Continue reading Introduction to Catholic Sexual Morality in light of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body