Jesus Take the Wheel (Peter’s Got the Keys)

August 28, 2017

In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus’ asks some important questions about the local gossip and his own identity—which brings up a number of important questions we should be reflecting upon: who do people say Jesus is? Who do I say Jesus is? Who am I to Jesus? And what exactly did we make Taylor Swift do? #LWYMMD But the question we’re reflecting on today is “What’s with the keys?” Jesus gives Peter…


Where We Come From

June 28, 2017

Not too long ago, I came  across a cool map of American Migration based on’s genealogical data.  It started me thinking about how many people I know or have heard about who have decided to delve into their ancestry.  Indeed, others have noted that there is a growing number of people who are interested in their genetic history and discovering their roots.  Something about being able to point to a…


Fake News + Real Presence

June 19, 2017

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore  Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,  See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart  Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;  How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;  What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;  Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing…


Spiritual Direction by Copernicus

June 7, 2017

“A revolution!” they say.  “A tale of persecution and ignorance!” they cry.  Most people are familiar with the name Galileo.  Sadly, a great many of those people associate that name with the idea that the Catholic Church opposes science.  While the Church’s handling of the Galileo situation wasn’t perfect, the common narrative is far from correct.  And never mind the fact that it wasn’t Galileo’s discovery in the first place….


First Communion and Fatima

May 18, 2017

This past weekend, the Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco back in 1917.  In addition to commemorating the 100th anniversary, Pope Francis also canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the siblings who were present for the apparitions, but died just a few years later.  With the centenary year upon us, a lot of talk is going on about Fatima, usually focusing…


When Shepherds Fight

May 10, 2017

“What do I do when two priests disagree with each other about something?” “How do I know which one is right?”  I’ve been asked this before, and it is a distressing question.  Not that all priests should always agree on every detail, but people usually only ask this question out loud when it concerns some significant teaching on morality, liturgy, or doctrine.  Of course, I hope the irony of the…


Do you pray the Rosary? You should!

January 19, 2017

These days, I don’t do much driving, and so I listen to the radio very, very rarely. But in the last few weeks, it seems any time I happen to be in the car long enough to turn on Catholic radio, I’ve inevitably heard somebody talking about the 100th anniversary of Fatima, which Catholics will celebrate this year.  For those not keen to the Fatima story, in 1917, in a small…


Hit With A 2-by-2

January 18, 2017

“The Lord… sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town” (Lk 10:1) . This facet of Scripture often finds it’s way into my idle reflections.  Why did Jesus decide to send his disciples ahead of him in pairs?  He does this with both the Apostles (Mk 6:7) and the Seventy (two) disciples.  It’s interesting to me that he puts them in these groups of two.  Explanations for this pairing…


The Light in the Darkness

December 21, 2016

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. This is one of the famous O Antiphons, which are recited or chanted by priests and religious everywhere during the final days of advent.  This particular antiphon is the one I and my confreres will recite this evening and it translates to “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine…