Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ” “Women Behold your Son.”

As we enter into the first week of Lent we will begin by looking at the third saying of Christ on the Cross “woman behold your son. (Son) behold your mother” because tradition ascribes this saying to the sacrament of marriage. On a most basic level, in this saying Christ gives the Blessed Mother to the… Continue reading Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ” “Women Behold your Son.”

Lenten Reflection on the 7 Last Words of Christ: Introduction.

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.

How do you approach Holy Communion?

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?

When my Conscience Conflicts with the Teachings of the Church.

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.

Clerical Celibacy: A Good for the Whole Church

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