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Courage in the Christian and Priestly Life

Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. (January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Two weeks ago I had the joy to preach the annual five-day retreat for Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where 25 years ago this year I began my formation for the priesthood. It was an opportunity to express my thanks to the 150 men preparing there for the priesthood there for their courageous witness in faithfully following God’s […]

The Heavy Burdens We Carry

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

Starting the New Year with a Huge Weight On Our Shoulders

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning.  I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

The Subtle Danger of Catholic Boredom

Photograph © by Andy Coan

On a recent Saturday morning my fifteen-year-old son said: “Dad, I’m bored. What are we going to do for fun today?” Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it. This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the cause of […]

Addiction, Recovery and Hope at Guest House for Clergy and Religious

Catholic Clergy

In the secular world we frequently hear of drug and alcohol addiction affecting almost every segment of society.  Nobody seems to be immune from this scourge.  However, we don’t often hear about how addiction sometimes affects our Clergy and Religious.  These men and women of the Church face pressures and stress that many of us seldom see or appreciate. What […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes, Priest and Confessor

“God gives His divine power to priests in such an exalted degree that they may effectuate many marvels that He alone accomplishes. He created this world and can create others. To his priests He gave the power to produce Christ in the Blessed Eucharist, which is indeed greater than to create an infinite number of physical worlds.” (St. John Eudes) August 19 is […]

Why do priests keep celibacy?

Dear Sister, Why do priests in the Catholic Church keep celibacy? Dear Friend, I have always been surprised at the apparent vexation this discipline stirs among some Christian people, especially since it is explicitly recommended in the New Testament. Paul is very clear about its value for those who are, as we might phrase it today, “in ministry.” After discussing […]

Why Scandal Can’t “Bring Down” the Catholic Church

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

There are perhaps few critical emails I field more frequently in my work with Catholics Come Home than those which reference abuse or scandal as one’s reason for not coming home to the Catholic Church. “I would never come ‘home’ to the catholic church. I have seen too many pedophiles, which seem to be epidemic in the Church,” they say. […]

In Defense of Your Parish Priest

Catholic Clergy

A scene from a fictional parish parking lot… sound familiar? “That was beautiful.” Kim said to her husband Jeff as they walked to their car after Mass. “Absolutely!”  Jeff responded.  “I am always inspired by Father Chris’ reverence for the Eucharist and the love and devotion he shows for each aspect of the Mass.  I had Father Chris for Reconciliation […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Isidore of Seville

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.”  (St. Isidore of Seville) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their […]