29 10, 2016

Martin Luther, Catholics and Jews

By |2017-10-23T12:41:45+00:00October 29th, 2016|Theology|

Luther's rebellion against the Apostolic Faith turns 500 years old, and yet some Catholics actually consider his "reforms" to be a cause of admiration and celebration.  Instead of theological alarms, lets just do some myth-busting of bad European history.  Let's consider the truths of German history, both medieval and 20th century. The First Myth to be busted is that Martin Luther was a gentle, reforming monk.  The truth is that by any modern standards, he was a sociopath.  Like Hitler, Luther chose to incite violence by declaring that "Jews and Papists are ungodly wretches.  They are two stockings made of one piece of cloth."  He once wrote a book called The [...]

28 10, 2016

The Key to the Pro-Life Movement

By |2019-04-09T20:05:55+00:00October 28th, 2016|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

This was a talk I gave to Catholics and Evangelicals at a "40 Days for Life" a few years ago based on the theology of Msgr. Phillip Reilley, founder of NYC's "Helpers of God's Precious Infants."  It is more than simply *why* you should pray at the abortion mill.  It is about how to go to Calvary:  We move from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to the other Calvary, both to simply remain with Jesus crucified, as did St. John and the Blessed Virgin.

24 10, 2016

23rd Sunday After Pentecost 2016

By |2019-11-16T20:44:56+00:00October 24th, 2016|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

This homily is about victory in loss and how good comes from evil in your life. We took these pictures in Rwanda two years ago.   In the top picture, the Blessed Mother appeared in Kibeho in 1981 and 1982 in a Vatican-approved apparition.  Below, we walk in a Eucharistic procession through the streets that—only 20 years prior— the dead had been macheted in the genocide.  Now the King of Life and Love triumphs over death on the streets.  

19 10, 2016

Same Sex Attraction: Bearing the Beams of Love

By |2018-07-13T02:28:29+00:00October 19th, 2016|Theology|

I asked a close friend to write about his experience with same-sex attraction.   His life reflects a poem by William Blake: And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love, And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face. —The Little Black Boy Each of us has different set of beams of love to bear, so I'm sure that you'll find his life an inspiration.—Padre Peregrino By CJ: I am a child of a God. I am a traditional Roman Catholic. I am a traditional Roman Catholic, a child of God who has same-sex attraction. I have known that I was different since I was young. Ironically, [...]

14 10, 2016

St. Paul and the Blessed Virgin

By |2017-01-10T06:38:35+00:00October 14th, 2016|Theology|

Everyone knows that Catholics love the Blessed Virgin Mary and everyone knows that Protestants love the Apostle Paul. But did you know that a 17th century woman saint was shown in a vision the  life of Mary? Venerable Mary of Agreda (ok, almost a saint) was a Spanish Franciscan nun. She was given the private revelation of the entire life of Mary (from her Immaculate Conception to past her Assumption and Coronation) all of which she recorded in a book called The Mystical City of God (not to be confused with a similar title of St. Augustine, written 1200 years earlier.) This Franciscan nun's private revelation of the life of Mary is [...]

4 10, 2016

On the Separation of Church and State

By |2016-10-04T21:29:54+00:00October 4th, 2016|Theology|

When Thomas Jefferson used the term "separation of Church and State" it was to assure a group of Baptists that the State would not trample the rights of their community. He wrote: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of [...]

2 10, 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary

By |2019-04-10T16:09:10+00:00October 2nd, 2016|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

October is the month of the Holy Rosary.  I took this picture outside of the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei in Italy during Easter week of 2016.  The Church was built about 140 years ago by a former-satanist, Bl. Bartolomo Longo, a man who changed his life through the Rosary.  He is now up for canonization.  

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