29 09, 2015

Silent Before Me

By |2019-04-10T16:16:19+00:00September 29th, 2015|Podcasts, Talks|

Here's a song I wrote in seminary about the Passion of Jesus Christ. Lyrics here You’re in the garden, thinking of me. Blood falls like water, so I could be free. Taken in the night, for the sins of my flesh. Those were my chains, Lord, on your chest. Jesus….You love me more…than I could imagine I adore…Your Sacred Heart…silent before me. Stretched a the pole with blood in your eyes. Skin torn to pieces so that I might rise...Whips start smashing, what do you see? Your mother and me Lord, looking to thee... Jesus….You love me more…than I could imagine I adore…Your Sacred Heart…silent before me. ‘Forgive them [...]

15 09, 2015

Anti-Slavery Theology on Tap

By |2015-09-15T14:30:31+00:00September 15th, 2015|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Today is the feast of the 7 Sorrows of Mary.  I'm convinced that if she had an 8th and 9th sword pierce her heart, they would be abortion and child sex-slavery. Regarding all forms of slavery, in fact, there are more slaves today than there were during the days of the Trans-Atlantic slave-trade.  Today, there are between 20,000,000 and 40,000,000 slaves in the world. The numbers include such a wide range because of the hiddenness of the modern industry. We know that close to 100,000 of these slaves are child-sex-slaves here in the United States, most of whom were born here in the USA. Below is a Theology on Tap (1 [...]

13 09, 2015

Men are the Problem. Men are the Solution.

By |2015-09-13T15:43:02+00:00September 13th, 2015|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In the 16th Sunday after Pentecost (Traditional Latin Mass Calendar) the Apostle Paul writes I bow my knees before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.—Eph 3.  In the homily I only quoted five of these, but included here 1) To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces. 2) Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace. 3) The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy. 4) The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and [...]

11 09, 2015

9/11 Hope

By |2015-10-18T22:18:44+00:00September 11th, 2015|Theology|

Bear with the background story before a bit of a show-stopper. My good friend Msgr. Philip Reilly, founder of Helper of God's Precious Infants is my hero of diocesan life.  This Irish priest from NYC fasts all day (until 5pm) in front of an abortion mill in Brooklyn.   God has closed over 60 abortion clinics due to his work.  He trained the Franciscan Friars in sidewalk counseling.  They believe he'll be canonized (literally, not figuratively.)   This man lives all three munera of the priesthood to the maximum!  (See my last post to get that one.) In any case, he was in front of an abortion clinic in Brooklyn when he [...]

9 09, 2015

End of the Priesthood

By |2017-11-01T00:57:40+00:00September 9th, 2015|Theology|

Today is the feast of the 17th century Jesuit, St. Peter Claver.  He's seen above in his untiring work in Cartagena, Columbia to the slaves who were brought there from Africa. The "end of the priesthood" doesn't mean that the Catholic priesthood is coming to an end.  By "end," I mean the final-end of something.  As I wrote in the post The End of the Mass, "end" simply means telos or goal of its existence. What is the end of the priesthood? The answer: The glory of God and the salvation of souls. What is the means to this end? If you answer "the sacraments," then you're only a third correct. [...]

3 09, 2015


By |2015-09-04T14:01:44+00:00September 3rd, 2015|Theology|

A friend recently e-mailed me and he said that reading my blog  is "like drinking sparkling water while pulling nose hairs." Well, this is going to be one of those sparkling water ones without the pulling of nose hairs.  Despite the seemingly-boring topic of this post, the Offertory of the Mass, I’m going to make a tall promise: What I show you on the Offertory of the Mass will transform your weekly worship into something new, interpersonal, meaningful and even thrilling if you enact it, as Mega-Churchy as that promise sounds. The offertory is the part of the Mass after the homily when the priest prepares the altar for the sacrifice. In sung Masses, the offertory prayer is sung.  In the sung Latin [...]

2 09, 2015

Trust or Virtue?

By |2015-09-02T23:53:05+00:00September 2nd, 2015|Theology|

Salvation is a free gift that we receive from God at our baptism (1 Pt 3:21.) However, for salvation to be realized, we must cooperate in a life of virtue (Mt 24:13). Maybe we ask the question:  Does virtue come from God or from me? Even the gift of virtue or discipline comes from God. While some Catholics try to earn their way to heaven without any trust in Jesus Christ, other Catholics commit the opposite heresy of “once saved always saved,” which usually leads to a life of laziness. This post is not a Scriptural apologetic for the Catholic view of salvation. It’s a short writing where I look [...]

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