JOHN HENRY (CARDINAL) NEWMAN

Folks by now know that even more than C S Lewis, John Henry Newman is my spiritual and theological and ecclesial (= “church-conscious”) hero.  Finally, he is to be formally canonized as a saint.  My big question is whether or not he will also be declared (as...

“I CONFESS TO ALMIGHTY GOD…

…to Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to St Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints…that I have sinned…” This is how the “old form” of the Confiteor (“I confess”) began.  Back then, we touched...

EUCHARISTIC FAITH: IS IT POSSIBLE?

It’s incredible, and honestly it’s disrespectful of the Lord:  God’s true and real Presence in that wafer and in that sip of “the fruit of the vine”?  Who can believe this? Yet, excluding debates in the 11th-12th centuries about the “how” of the Eucharist,...

THREE IN ONE, ONE IN THREE

Helen Waddell was a mediaeval scholar who also wrote historical novels, including one about the famous 11th-12th century philosopher/theologian Peter Abelard.  Toward the end of the novel two characters are discussing Abelard’s new theological work, De Trinitate...

RETREATS, FORMAL AND PERSONAL

I think everyone knows that the annual priests’ retreat (where I am right now) is too short! Before we are ordained (either to the diaconate—transitional or permanent —or to the priesthood) we are expected to make a 5-day retreat. Every year in seminary I went to one...