“Until the land has retrieved its lost sabbaths”: Reflection on the Occasion of Having Finished Reading the Historical Books of the Catholic Biblical Canon

I can say as of late that I have read the entire Bible, according to the Roman Catholic canon of scriptural books. For some reason, the historical books of Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Maccabees had been left uncovered by me for nearly a decade. For sure, I had read First and Second Kings in …

“That Today You Would Hear His Voice”: Cultural Pathologies and Evanglii Gaudium

It was as though the gates of the amusement park around which we walked were mysteriously, tragically, hazardously opened just at the inopportune time when the stage props, the costumes, the flammables, the whiskey and the gin of the anonymous mascots hitherto idolized were laid bare and scattered for everyone to see: a landmine of …

“He spoke this openly”: That Discipleship and Fear Are Incompatible

Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter …

The Portrait of Catholic Life: The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that …

“So must the Son of Man be lifted up”: A Cross within a Cross On the Occasion of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and Other Relevant Sources

During a particularly cold week in January, and while spending several nights at the Pine Street Inn Homeless Shelter for Men in Boston's otherwise swanky neighborhood of the North End, I encountered what could only properly be described as a cross within a cross. My second dinner at the shelter was a cause of acute …

“Your love is fashioning a crown for me”; On the Occasion of The Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom and Reading The Sunset Limited

Today, the Church celebrates the memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor. From the Office of Readings provided for today's memorial in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read from Chrysostom (Gr. for "Golden Mouth"), in language commensurate with his surname,  an excerpt from a letter surround the occasion of his exile. For I always …