Independence Day

Today’s holiday celebrates the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Beyond the traditional parades and fireworks displays, this holiday also affords an opportunity for us citizens to reflect on the language of the declaration. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Incline our hearts, according to your will, O God.” These words of prayer regularly occur in liturgical texts such as the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist. The prayer cashes in on the symbol of the human heart and speaks more than an explanation could ever tell. Oh, how we constantly struggle to...

St. Boniface

Today’s feast day reminds me of an unfinished task. Some years ago, while studying the German language, I stumbled across a book that contained a short life of St. Boniface. The book showed an image that depicted Boniface as a bishop with miter and pallium, holding a sword in his right hand with a book...

Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is often lost in the whirl of graduations, Confirmations, and marriages. Preachers and teachers can find it a difficult, abstract sounding doctrine for liturgical preaching. I would venture to say that the doctrine of the Trinity is not...

Paul’s Second Journey

At Mass this week we have been reading narratives from Paul’s second missionary journey. Acts of the Apostles, chapters 16 to 18, recounts how Paul and his companions reached Macedonia and stayed a long while in towns like Philippi and Corinth. Paul’s second missionary journey was a test of endurance. In...

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