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The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

February 11, AD2016 2 Comments
The Mass: Calvary Made Present for Each Generation

The Holy Mass is the re-presentation of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, in a real liturgical manner.  At the Last Supper (also known as the First Eucharist), Jesus created the Mass for each one of us to be present at His great sacrifice, even through time and space.  The word “Mass” comes to us from the […]

Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 12 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During MFL Week in NYC

February 10, AD2016 3 Comments
Cabbie Finds Radiant Hearts During  MFL Week in NYC

New York City, like any other big city, can get a bad rap if you only watch the news.  The news anchor would have you believe all New Yorkers do is shoot and rob each other, run over pedestrians and bicyclists with cars and buses, or get away with more unconscionable greed on Wall Street, […]

Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

February 9, AD2016 7 Comments
Put Out Into the Deep of Your Heart This Lent

“Put Out into the Deep” In the missionary community of which I am a part, one of our charisms is receptivity. Why is that? At the beginning of this new millennium, Pope St. John Paul II told us, “a new stage of the Church’s journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus… ‘put […]

Seeking God in Our Disappointment

February 8, AD2016 1 Comment
Seeking God in Our Disappointment

  “Why did God let that happen??” We have all had the experience of pondering why something bad or disappointing happened to us. It is even more frustrating when our plans do not come to fruition despite the goal being good and worthy and our best efforts being put forth. If the disappointment concerns something […]

Men Must Know Jesus Christ

February 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Men Must Know Jesus Christ

There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”.  Large numbers of men have left the Church and the majority of men who remain are lukewarm.  The root cause?  Men don’t know Jesus Christ. Men Giving Themselves to Christ Somehow, in the midst of heaps of Catholicism, the need to meet and know Jesus Christ gets lost.  […]

The Natural Desire for God

February 8, AD2016 10 Comments
The Natural Desire for God

Hunger to know St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that we have a natural desire for God. This desire has its origin in our intellects, so it is not like the bodily desire for food or drink or the desire to flee from harm or lash out at someone who angers us. It is more like the […]

Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Human Trafficking: Interview with Sr. Patricia Ebegbulem

February 8 marks the 2nd International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking because February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave girl from Sudan who was rescued from human trafficking and entered the consecrated life. She lived her life with deep devotion to God and care for the […]

Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

February 7, AD2016 5 Comments
Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

  Among the differences between Catholics and Protestants, is the use of the crucifix or cross. This was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. When her […]

A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 3 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]