24 12, 2017

Christmas Vigil Mass Sermon

By |2019-04-05T04:27:11+00:00December 24th, 2017|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

In the old calendar, when Christmas falls on a Monday, the fourth Sunday of Advent is subsumed into the Christmas Vigil Mass, meaning the priest in purple.  This will probably be my only sermon posted for Christmas, due to a short one in tomorrow's Missa Cantata. VENI veni, Emmanuel captivum solve Israel, qui gemit in exsilio, privatus Dei Filio. R: Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel, nascetur pro te Israel! O COME, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that morns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. R: Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel, to thee shall come Emmanuel! Veni, O Sapientia, quae hic disponis omnia, veni, viam prudentiae ut doceas [...]

23 12, 2017

The Last Jedi and the Priesthood

By |2017-12-23T17:36:09+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Theology|

The Prequels Towards the end of our first year in seminary, we were required to take a 30-day silent-retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It was the summer of 2005, and we seminarians arrived in Omaha for a month off the grid. We were taken about 45 miles northeast of Omaha to a forest in Iowa, where we would pray along the Nishnabotna River for 30 days in silence. Every day would include four to five hours of meditation on the Gospels (Ignatian mental prayer) as well as daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Office and manual labor. The Spiritual Exercises are truly that: Exercises, not a [...]

18 12, 2017

Padre’s Platinum List

By |2017-12-18T14:09:50+00:00December 18th, 2017|Theology|

People have been asking me for my favorite books in one single blog post. Here's a short "best-of" list. NB:  I hesitantly use Amazon Prime as it does not fulfill Catholic social teaching on subsidiarity.  Thus, I'm not going to hyperlink these books. You will have to do your own research to find them.  That way, you can use whatever market you want. How to Pray Conversation with Christ by Fr. Rohrbach Best book on Mary The World's First Love by Archbishop Fulton Sheen Best histories of the Catholic Church The History of Christendom by Warren Carroll (long at six volumes coming to about 5,000 pages) Triumph (short, coming to [...]

11 12, 2017

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

By |2017-12-12T13:21:01+00:00December 11th, 2017|Theology|

There has recently been some debate on the last line of the Our Father: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.—Matthew 6:13 Should the Our Father read "lead us not into temptation" as it has always been translated or the modern "let us not fall into temptation"? Let's look at the Greek. The Greek of Matthew 6:13a is καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν.  Word-by-word, it is καὶ (and) μὴ (not) εἰσενέγκῃς (to bring/lead) ἡμᾶς (us) εἰς (into) πειρασμόν (temptation.)—Matthew 6:13 Notice that the verb εἰσενέγκῃς (pronounced ace-in-egg-ace) is the active verb translated as bring or lead.  On the other hand, the whole idea of "let us not fall [...]

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