Archangels

Today is the Feast of the Archangels—Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The feast reminds me of my experiences as a pastor of two parishes in the rural Philippines. Both of them had parish churches in towns located on the coastline of their respective island. St. Michael the Archangel was patron of the parish...

Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

Food Matters

Food is a rich biblical symbol. In the Garden of Eden, the forbidden fruit symbolized human temptation. In time of famine in Israel, it was providential that Joseph was in Egypt and could help his family from the stores of grain he managed. Once liberated from Egypt, God sent manna to feed the chosen people...

Pentecost

Pentecost, meaning “fifty days” after Easter, celebrates the Holy Spirit’s descent on the Apostles. The narrative in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles describes a dramatic transformation of the disciples in Jerusalem. A sudden sound, like that of a strong wind filled the house where they were....

Death Penalty

On April 30, the Governor of Ohio granted executive clemency to Arthur Taylor, just days before his scheduled execution. That same day there was a botched execution in the state of Oklahoma which led the Governor of Oklahoma to declare a stay on all executions until a review of the botched execution could be...

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