Published on CatholicOnline New Year’s Eve celebrations are staggered around the globe due to the different time zones, but we all have this in common, no matter where we live geographically – we welcome the end of one calendar year and the beginning of a new one. The manner of celebrating may differ, but we […]
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Published on Catholic Online During the Octave (eight days) of Christmas we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family in the Latin Rite calendar of the Catholic Church. The significance of the Feast becomes much clearer when we consider the deeper truths it reveals. Yes, it teaches us about Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But it […]
Published on THE STREAM The Center for the Study of Global Christianity will soon publish its statistics for calendar year 2016. It will report that 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith. Another source, Open Doors, puts the number significantly higher. Neither figure addresses the number of Christians who are in prison, precisely because of their […]
Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish granted I write on the Feast of St Stephen in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. This is a very meaningful Feast for me. I have been ordained to this order of Catholic Clergy for over twenty years. Stephen was not only the first Martyr, but he […]
Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish granted For many Christians, the current approach to Christmas seems to bother them. After all, with all of the commercialism, some say we can miss the meaning and the message of this day. And, I suppose that this is a real possibility. But, in an age which […]
Published on THE STREAM One of the Gospel passages I proclaim at the Liturgy during the last days of Advent contains the words of an angel to Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, and Joseph’s response. I suggest that it speaks in a unique way to Christian men: Jacob was the father of Joseph, the […]
The Angel of the Lord appears to Joseph and Joseph acted. The Lord continues to speak to us, how do we respond?One of the most popular formal prayers in the Roman Catholic Tradition is referred to as the Angelus. It recounts the appearance of the Angel (the word angel in the Latin means messenger) to […]
I was once a baby. If someone had killed that baby, he would have killed me. That’s the point the director of the The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, England, recently made in a paper on the ethics of embryo research. David Albert Jones asked: “What then is the significance of destroying a human embryo?” […]
Donald Trump to church leaders: “Can you imagine the kind of influence you could have if you just worked together?” Published on THE STREAM Citizens of the United States of America have just come through one of the most consequential presidential elections in our history. For Christians, the results will likely provide a respite from […]
This is the Second Sunday in the Advent season in the cycle of Readings for the Catholic Mass. We are introduced to one of the two main personalities of our Advent season, John the Baptizer. The other is Mary, the Mother of the Lord. Our Gospel is taken from St. Matthew. Included in the Gospel […]