Our Language Matters

The recently concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, preparing for next October’s Ordinary Synod on the same topic, reminds me of something that noted Jesuit historian Father John W. O’Malley has written about Vatican II. One of its greatest accomplishments was using a new type of...

SAM Devotes Special Section to the Synod

Perhaps you noticed St. Anthony Messenger‘s special section on family in this issue? Hard to miss, I know! The Church will surely be buzzing during and after this month’s world Synod of Bishops on families. When the synod topic was first announced, back in 2013, we knew that it would be of high...

Mass Mobs Have Mass Appeal

Since the AP first reported the story of a group of Catholics “plotting” to fill the pews of a sparsely attended church in Buffalo, New York, Mass mobs have spread across the northern U.S. The phenomenon has been reported in Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philly, and elsewhere, particularly in...

Mount Tabor: Jesus Transfigured

Between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee sits Mount Tabor, the most likely site where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The story, which includes appearances by Moses and Elijah, is told in Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36. In the third century, Origen identified this mountain...

For Better or For Worse

A few weeks ago my family and I were late getting to church on Sunday. Instead of walking up near the front where we usually sit, we went and sat up in the balcony. Being so far from the “action,” so to speak, I found myself more easily distracted and I began watching the family in front of me. The...

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...

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