Priesthood

A Crisis in the Single Life

“Some of us will have a path to holiness through a vowed vocation. But due to fallen human nature, not all of us will.” We speak a lot about a crisis of vocations, the crisis in the priesthood, and a crisis in married life. At their roots, these are all simply crises in holiness. In addition to these, there is […]

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)

Restoring Essential Services

In different parts of the United States and other parts of the world, we are reaching what many are calling “Phase 2” in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Various restrictions are being gradually rescinded, some businesses reopened, supplementary emergency hospitals closed, panic and fear lessened and normal parts of life restored. But we are far from out of danger. […]

Offering Spiritual Sacrifice

“As priests, we are united to Christ and His sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves and our daily lives.” This Sunday’s second reading is a continuation of the trek through 1 Peter that we began after Easter. This week, we are reminded of our baptismal calling to be his witnesses as priests, prophets, and kings. Peter’s audience, many […]

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)

Courage in the Christian and Priestly Life

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 […]

Our priests need us

“Your parish priest is a fallen human being. He may hurt your feelings or he may make bad decisions—just like the Apostles did to their contemporaries. But he needs your gratitude, your help, and your encouragement. He needs your prayers.” Spring teems with new life—not just in the form of budding trees and flowers, but also in the spiritual realm […]

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt

Is it okay to call a Catholic priest “Father”?

[NB: Do not miss the video at the end of this article. You will be blessed. —Deacon Mike] Call no man father? “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). Throughout history, including that time since the days when Jesus uttered these words, we have referred to others on earth as father. […]

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Jesus Christ—Cause of My Hope

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Today is the final Sunday on the Church’s annual liturgical calendar.  Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King—King of the Universe. Not only is Jesus Christ the Messiah and our Savior, not only is he our brother and our friend, Jesus Christ is our Lord and King. To […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — John 20:19-23

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw […]

Father Solanus Casey - CC 3.0 via Wikipedia.

Solanus Casey—Model for Our Times

Venerable Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap. was a holy Catholic priest whose faith and passion for the Lord and his poor were deep and abiding; and guided by an absolute trust in God’s Providence. He died in 1957. Although he became one of the most well known priests in Detroit, Michigan, many in the United States and around the world do […]

"The Prophet Elias" (detail) by Daniele da Volterra

Come, Follow Me…

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Each and every one of us has a hunger and thirst for God deep within our very being. God, himself, placed that desire for Him there. He has made us for Himself. Whether or not we realize it, God alone can satisfy our every […]