PASTOR'S CORNER

COVID—THE LAST WORD FROM ME

As a pastor I am in the midst of quite an assemblage of mixed reviews for the policy and practices Our Savior has been enforcing (I use the word advisedly), based on the instructions of our Chancery Office (relatively unmodified since they first came out) and the...

LEARNING TO LISTEN/DISCERN

This is a recap of the homily I preached this past Tuesday morning; I based it on the lament of the prophet Jeremiah (14:17-22).  Much of it is actually also used as one of the canticles from the Old Testament for Morning Prayer in the Breviary.  And I offer...

OHL: IN MEMORIAM

In early December of 1991, I received a call to anoint someone.  It was my first year as a priest, an associate at St Ignatius.  So I drove out to Mobile Infirmary, and I found Harry Wolcott there, suffering from pneumonia.  He was actually in...

IN NEED OF MERCY, YET CHOSEN

This Wednesday we will celebrate St Mary Magdalene (originally this day was an Obligatory Memorial, but Pope Francis elevated it to the level of Feast).  Who is she, and why would Pope Francis have such regard for her?  I think in part it’s because her life...

LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY

          Francophiles especially know that 14 July is Bastille Day, traditionally the beginning of the French Revolution with its motto (above).  Its symbolic meaning is like our Fourth of July, or (more obscurely)...

FREE AT LAST?

Let me begin by quoting the end of the legendary speech of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in Washington, DC:  “When we allow freedom to ring-when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when...

PETER AND PAUL

The two great saints celebrated with vigil today and with festival Monday are the “Founding Fathers” of the Church of Rome, even though Paul did not actually establish the original community, and it is likely that Peter didn’t either.  But their reputations and...

FATHER’S DAY

When my Mom died, back in June of 2005, I was surprised to see a dear friend in the church as I was setting up for the funeral Mass.  I asked what he was doing here, and he looked up at me and replied, “Mothers are special people.”  I knew that from my 25...

THE BODY OF CHRIST—AMEN!

There is nothing that so distinguishes Catholics from many Protestants as the Eucharist, and this also distinguishes Catholics from other Protestants who hold the Eucharist in great esteem but understand it differently.  What do we believe?...

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

Bob Dylan’s classic song asks nine questions.  I want to focus on the last of them:  “How many deaths will it take til [we know] that too many people have died?” First and foremost, please read the entirety of Fr Bryan Massingale’s essay on racism and white...