• When Thunder Whispers: The Voice of God in the Old Testament

    In the Old Testament, one of the most profound ways God makes His presence known is through His voice. This is evident from the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve have sinned and God is looking for them: When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the... Read more
  • The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism—A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    Today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s Baptism but on our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the... Read more
  • Salvation history, the Jordan River, and the Sacrament of Baptism

    On today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I have the great joy of administering this sacrament to my own newborn nephew, James Patrick. Although he won’t remember it, this will be the best and most important day of his life. This is no hyperbole. There is nothing more important anyone can... Read more
  • Priest: Why holy water comes with me whenever I travel

    Every now and again, I have the opportunity to travel and speak at conferences, sharing about Mary’s importance in the spiritual life. When I do so, I usually have to spend the night in a hotel room. One of the essentials I pack (or because I’m a priest, can make) is a small bottle of holy... Read more
  • Methodists Agree to Split Denomination

    Factions in the United Methodist Church (UMC) have reached an initial settlement around its intractable division over LGBT marriage and ordination—offering $25 million to a group of conservative congregations who want to break away and form a new denomination. Various groups were slated to... Read more
  • The world’s oldest couple — ages 106 and 105 — celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary

    The world's oldest living couple celebrated another major milestone when their senior living community in Austin, Texas, threw them a party for their 80th wedding anniversary. John and Charlotte Henderson have an aggregate age of 211 years and 175 days, and a love story that has quite... Read more
  • Rediscovering the Original Meaning of the Word “Relevant.”

    One of the recurring words of modern times is the word “relevance” and it’s related form “relevant.” There is great insistence today that whatever is said, taught, or presented should be relevant. Often what this means is that it should be applicable, reasonable, understandable, easily... Read more
  • Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: ‘My Tears Just Stopped’

      “If you’re there, you have to help me.” Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband... Read more
  • Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life is filled with deep and challenging treasures

    Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Dieh), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer, a devout Catholic, is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his... Read more
  • Three Saints for Advent

    The feast of St. Barbara on December 4 may seem to have no apparent connection with Advent other than the date; but it does connect, as you will see. She is especially important to our chil­dren, and they consider it “de rigueur” to salute her on her feast day since she is the patroness of... Read more