On Making a Good Confession

2021-10-18T10:21:53-04:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

When I was a high school chaplain I used to explain to the kids that a sin was not just something that made you feel bad. Often I'd get folks in the confessional who would "confess" that they were angry with another person. Anger is not necessarily a sin. The Bible says "Be angry but sin [...]

A Pictorial Life of St Therese

2021-10-16T07:29:47-04:00October 16th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Book Review by guest blogger Lisa Comerford As grace brings life to the soul, so pictures bring life to the story. Fr. Didier-Marie Golay’s Living on Love is a portfolio of the work of art that was the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. A vast number of images, historical information, and excerpts of various writings [...]

Why Conversions are Discouraged

2021-10-14T12:29:18-04:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Today's news is that the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has been received into full communion with the Catholic Church and the rumor is that he was discouraged from taking this step not so much by his Anglican colleagues, but by very high ranking Catholic prelates. Converts to the faith and those [...]

Is Impatience a Sin?

2021-10-08T16:27:49-04:00October 8th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In the confessional I often hear folks confessing impatience. I must confess that I sometimes become impatient with impatience because I don't really think it is a sin. For something to be a sin your will has to be engaged, and by definition being impatient is not willful. It is a stumble it is not an [...]

Abuse? What Abuse?

2021-10-07T12:23:32-04:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Catholic Church in France is reeling with a report that over the last sixty or seventy years tens of thousands have been abused by priests, nuns and religious. The response, of course, is one of shock, dismay and horror. We condemn all forms of abuse--especially sexual abuse of minors. However, it is fair to ask [...]

Working with Your Guardian Angel

2021-10-02T08:08:44-04:00October 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Scriptures promise that God sends to each one of us a guardian angel. What is the guardian angels' role and what is our proper relationship to our angel? First we should reject false understandings of the guardian angel. The angels are not gods or goddesses, neither is your guardian angel your "spirit guide", your soul, [...]

Purity and Power

2021-09-29T08:06:00-04:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In the quest for purity it is easy to think the goal is simply to stop being impure in our thoughts and actions, but the goal is more than that. To stop doing bad things is laudable, but we are called to actually do good things. It is good to stop committing adultery. It is better [...]

Star Wars, Mel Gibson, Dads and UFOs

2021-09-28T17:34:54-04:00September 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

One of the features of my blog is the archived articles section. This is where I post articles that have been written for other websites, magazines and journals. I haven's posted more of these for some time because my writing was slowed down due to the stroke I suffered in January. Also, i have been writing [...]

Real Men Needed

2021-09-24T09:37:46-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Some time ago at a conference for priests we were sitting around the lunch table swapping stories about weddings and marriage discipline and the subject of the "marriage" of people with same sex attraction arose. The impossibility of this was agreed but one priest pointed out that this was not the only difficulty facing Catholic priests [...]

Blogging or Fiction?

2021-09-23T07:56:33-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Readers of this blog may have noticed a marked decline in quantity of blog posts. They have not yet begun a search for a missing blogger, but I have not been idle. Most of you will remember that I suffered a slight stroke back in January of this year. This had an impact on my typing [...]

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