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Feast of Divine Mercy: Doubting Thomas and the Wounds that Heal Our Disbelief

Published on Catholic Online. Permission to re-publish granted The Second Sunday of Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday in the Roman Liturgical Calendar. The Gospel for the Liturgy (John 20: 19-31) recounts one of the Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ to his disciples. The glorified Jesus appears to his disciples, coming through locked doors and says […]

HOLY SATURDAY: All the Earth is Silent

On Catholic Online. Permission to republish granted Among the many great treasures of being a Christian is the treasury of inspired reflections we have given to us in our unbroken Christian tradition; our family history. For example, the writings of the early fathers of the church. As a member of the clergy, a Catholic deacon, […]

Good Friday, the Passion and the Church

Published on THE STREAM On Good Friday, we recall the sacrifice offered on the second tree on Golgotha’s Hill. The Savior whom St. Paul calls the last Adam (1 Cor.15:45) did for us what we could not do for ourselves.  On the Hill of Calvary, heaven was wed to earth. By His Blood we were freed […]

Holy Week: Now It Begins, Now It All Begins

Published on THE STREAM Now it begins, now it all begins.” Franco Zeffirrelli closes his 1977 film Jesus of Nazareth with the arrival at Jesus’ tomb of a character not found in the biblical accounts. His name is Zerah; the name literally means Brilliance. He enters the empty crypt; sees the burial cloth lying on […]

Boko Haram Won’t Stop Killing Christians. It’s a Demonic Assault.

Published on THE STREAM On Friday, Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 22 more young girls. They will be held as sex slaves or sold to the highest bidder. “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language. These Islamists terrorists hate all things western and Christian. They want to forcibly establish an Islamic Caliphate […]

Gender Bender Bullies Won’t Even Leave the Elderly Alone

Published on THE STREAM They showed their hand in California. They want to use vulnerable senior citizens as pawns. They want to make our parents and grandparents their next victims. Who do I mean? The Gender Bender Bullies. They reject the truth of sexual difference and demand that everyone else agree — or else. The […]

The Most Important Question of Your Life

Jesus asked that question of his disciples. And we are his contemporary disciples, and he’s asking us today. The encounter is recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter sixteen, and the Gospel of St. Mark, chapter six. Matthew gives us a little more detail, and here’s the context: the disciples had been walking with […]

President Trump Visits St Andrews Catholic School and the School Choice Revolution Begins

Published on THE STREAM The first school Donald Trump visited as president? A faith-based school using state aid and other sources to educate lower-income students looking for the best education they can find. This Friday, President Donald Trump visited St. Andrews Catholic School in Orlando, Florida. The school tells parents on its website: “Our commitment […]

Deacon Fournier: Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Invitation not Obligation

Published on Catholic Online Permission to republish granted by Author Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. However, it is always one of the most well attended liturgies of the year. That is because we all know we need to heed the invitation it offers. […]

Catholics Should Read, Pray, Live and Love the Bible as the Word of God

Published on CATHOLIC ONLINE In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (In Latin, Dei Verbum) a beautiful teaching from the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council on the Word of God, we read this explanation of the Bible: (I)n the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and […]