The above is a picture from the international Eucharistic Congress in 1926 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The faith and devotion in the picture seems obvious. I was at this night of entertainment in Rio De Janeiro in 2013 before the final "World Youth Day Mass" the following morning. However, great faith also appears present at the above picture at the Evening Vigil before the final Mass at World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro in 2013. In fact, many more people were in Rio than at the Eucharistic Congress in 1926. Also, the Eucharist was exposed in a huge monstrance for probably a longer time Rio than [...]
Short sermon from a home Mass just before Easter 2020.
Part I: Why the Cancelation of Masses due to COVID-19 is probably a good thing. (If Church history does not interest you, feel free to skip to Part II: How Should I Spend My Sunday when Public Masses Are Canceled?) Many bishops in the world have canceled Sunday Masses for several consecutive weeks due to fear over coronavirus (COVID-19.) You might be surprised to read that I actually agree with their decision on this. First, epidemiologically, COVID has the potential to grow big and rapidly in its reach. Even if COVID stayed small in the amount of infections, many people over 50 years old would be placing themselves in harm’s [...]
Part I: A Night on the AmbulanceN.B. You can skip Part I if you do not want my real-life account of EMS from 20 years ago that got me thinking about the mystical body of Christ’s “anatomy.” The theology of this blog post is found exclusively in Part II: An Analogy In the Mystical Body. But Part I here does describe an epic fail in my life... While pre-med at Boston College, I worked as an EMT at night. Upon graduation, I returned back to Denver and went to paramedic school while discerning if I should continue in medicine or if I was in fact called to the Holy Priesthood. [...]
Corpus Christi sermon on Eucharistic miracles and June being the month of the Sacred Heart.
How the parable of the Good Samaritan links the two Great Commandments in the Eucharist and corporal works of mercy.
"Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."—St. Luke 16:18 "For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself."—1 Cor 11:29 "For no crime is there heavier punishment to be feared from God than for the unholy or irreligious use of the Eucharist."—Council of Trent, Chapter 6 on the Eucharist The Nine Ways of Being an Accessory to Another's Sin: By counsel By command By consent By provocation By praise or flattery By concealment By partaking By silence By defense of the ill done
The only person to reach more people for Christ on television than Billy Graham was a Catholic bishop named Archbishop Fulton Sheen from Illinois, later bishop in New York. Every Tuesday night, starting in the 1950s, up to 10 million Americans from all faiths tuned in to his TV Show, Life Is Worth Living. Not only Catholics, but many older Jewish people fondly remember tuning in to his Tuesday evening show about God. Venerable Fulton Sheen also traveled the world and raised millions of dollars for foreign missions in poor countries. He is credited with converting the following to the Catholic Faith: Agnostic writer Heywood Broun, politician Clare Boothe Luce, [...]
The Mass and Salvation History, part 2. This two-part series is based on the stained glass around the high altar and sanctuary, here at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, Florida. All of salvation history culminates in the single sacrifice of the Last Supper and Calvary, found in both of the center panes. The featured landscape image above is the sculpture of the Last Supper, found under the mensa of the high altar. Pictures for reference to the podcast are on my blog. They are numbered 1 to 9, going west to east with a north-facing high altar (still liturgical ad orientem, of course.) Today is 5 to [...]
The Mass and Salvation History, part 1. This two-part series is based on the stained glass around the high altar and sanctuary, here at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville Florida. All of salvation history culminates in the single sacrifice of the Last Supper and Calvary, both found in the center panes. The featured landscape image is a stained glass from the nave. Pictures for reference to the podcast are on my blog. They are numbered 1 to 9, going west to east with a north-facing high altar (still liturgical ad orientem, of course.) Today is 1 to 4 on the West Side. Pentecost (Acts 2) 2) Melchizedek (Gen [...]