PASTOR'S CORNER

LET’S GET VULGAR

Before everyone freaks out, what do I actually mean?  The word “vulgar” has come to mean crude and/or obscene.  But that is not quite the original meaning that has morphed into this modern sense.  The earlier, original, meaning of the word was used to...

TWIN SAINTS

This Thursday is the Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian.  They are worth getting to know.           According to the tradition, they were twin brothers, born in Syria, and they were physicians.   Contrary...

GLORYING IN THE CROSS

As Catholics (and as many other Christians), we think nothing shameful about wearing a cross or crucifix (unless, of course, we’re reluctant to “identify” as believers).  But do we think of what we are doing and saying when we wear it?...

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

This coming Friday, 13 September, is the Memorial of St John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church.  He was a vehement opponent of what he saw as corruption, especially corruption in the imperial court, and he was exiled by the Empress...

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST?

This is (for me, anyway) one of the most poignant of Shakespeare’s plays.  The men wooing (pursuing) the women are filled with some of (again, to me) the most affected and atrocious “love language” imaginable.  They are effectively the equivalent of what in...

MOTHERS AND SONS

This week we will mark the Memorials of Saint Monica and St Augustine, mother and son.  What a pair they made! There was once a commercial for Anacin where the older woman suggests that the dinner needed salt—the reply?  “Mother, please!  I’d rather do...

DOG DAYS

We are in the midst of those days (typically, but not universally, from mid-July through August) which we might think were named for our being “dog-tired,” mostly because of the humidity that piles on top of the heat.  But no, that would be too simple (and too...

THE CHURCH: “DIVERSE” IN A DIFFERENT WAY

Saints commemorated this week include a wide variety:  clergy and laity, royalty and well-to-do, 1st century through 20th century.  Who are they, and what can they collectively teach us? Question #1 is easy:  Clare, founder of the Poor Clares (the “2nd...

ANOTHER HERO??

This is not my last hero—just the last one I’ll be writing about in any detail.  He is St Thomas More, A Man For All Seasons.           I learned about More early on in childhood, reading lives of the saints, but my...

STILL MORE HEROES…

Again, this is no surprise:  my next hero is St Ignatius Loyola (happily, his feast-day is this coming Wednesday, 31 July).  But my attachment to Ignatius is qualitatively different from the attachment I have to St Francis of Assisi....