Te Deum

posted 6/6/20 This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  The truth that God exists is something that one can reasonably deduce through the exercise of one’s natural intellectual gifts.  The inner life of God as a Communion of Three Divine Persons, however, is something that we know only through divine revelation.  Our imaginations are not muchContinue reading “Te Deum”

Divine Mercy

posted 4/18/20 How do we conceive of the mercy of God? It’s an important question because everything depends on His mercy.  There are two tendencies against which we have to be on guard because they distort the reality of His mercy.  We might think that He is stingy with His mercy, that He gets tired of hearing us confess the same thingsContinue reading “Divine Mercy”

Art & the Incarnation

posted 4/14/20 I read an interview yesterday that Catholic News Agency did with the artist Osamu Giovanni Micico.  Osamu was born in Tokyo in 1982 and from a young age had always been interested in art and drawing. In order to please his parents he originally planned on pursuing a career in the sciences, but while in university an artist encouraged him to pursue his passion, which was painting.  OsamuContinue reading “Art & the Incarnation”

Life in Eastertide 2020

posted 4/13/20 So here we are.  We have made it through the 40 day journey of Lent, we have celebrated the sacred liturgies of the Triduum, and now we find ourselves in Easter.  I must admit to you that I find it harder to accept the current quarantine/social distancing situation during Easter than I did during Lent.  In a way, the sacrifices that the precautionary measures have required ofContinue reading “Life in Eastertide 2020”

Spy Wednesday

posted 4/8/20 Today is Spy Wednesday, the day on which the Church gives us the gospel reading that describes the conspiracy between Judas and the chief priests to have the Lord Jesus arrested and condemned to death.  “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” Judas said to the chief priests.  The gospel tellsContinue reading “Spy Wednesday”

Making Our Way Home

posted 4/7/20 I was talking with one of our religious education teachers yesterday, a man very committed to that ministry, and during our conversation he told me about the last class he had before everything was suspended.  By then there was already a feeling of unease about the growing threat of the Coronavirus and speculation on what measuresContinue reading “Making Our Way Home”

The Shroud

posted 4/6/20 Yesterday the Archdiocese of Turin announced that the mysterious Shroud of Turin will be displayed for veneration on Holy Saturday.  This will be just the 20th time in the known history of the shroud that it will be on display for public viewing.  The Shroud of Turin is a rectangular piece of woven linen measuring 14ft.5in.Continue reading “The Shroud”

Palm Sunday

posted 4/4/20 One of my enduring memories of Palm Sunday growing up is my father’s expressions of exasperation at the amount of palm my sisters and I would bring home from church.  At the time I didn’t understand it.  Why wouldn’t you want to get a big handful (or two) of palm?  But looking back, I kind of get it because by the endContinue reading “Palm Sunday”