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Theology

The Old Man and Marriage Before the Fall

In 1805 explorers of Franconia Notch in NH were amazed to see an outcropping of rock formation on the side of a mountain that resembled the profile of an old man. This “old man of the mountain” became the icon of New Hampshire, appearing on license plates, toll tokens, and road signs. Suddenly in the […] Read More

The Heart of the Covenant

“Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility A friend introduced me to the work of Jane Austen a few years ago, one affectionate story at a time. The above quote from Sense and Sensibility portrays the interplay between […] Read More

The Ambiguous Identity of St. James

The New Testament authors mention atleast a couple men by the name of James, but keeping their identities straight can be a bit confusing. Here’s what you need to know. We now refer to these men as St. James the Lesser and St. James the Greater, but the Bible contains different monikers. Sometimes, the Scripture […] Read More

Honoring Our Father

Honoring Our Father Did you know that there is a Church approved apparition of God the Father? In 1932 God the Father appeared to Mother Eugenia Ravasio who at the time was the Superior General of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Apostles. The Father spoke to her in Latin—a language which she did […] Read More

Mysterious Love

“6 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your […] Read More

The Mass: Worship, Thanksgiving, Atonement, and Petition

One of the most insightful descriptions of the liturgy which I have read is an excerpt from Von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer. In it, Von Hildebrand explains what the person’s response to the Liturgy ought to be. It is easy to think of all of the benefits that the […] Read More

Your Guide to the Easter Triduum

Tomorrow begins the Easter Triduum, the highest point of the Catholic liturgical year. It is also the shortest liturgical season of the Church calendar. This three-day celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ marks the end of our Lenten journey (liturgically speaking; our Lenten fast does not end until Holy Saturday) and […] Read More

Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More

A Priest’s Fight for the Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More