• How We Are Transfigured in Christ

    Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration. It is when Our Lord took St. Peter, St. James, and St. John up to the mountain to pray and He was transfigured before them; revealing a glimpse of His glory. These three Apostles—who would also be with Him in the Garden of... Read more
  • 5 Reasons Why the Transfiguration Really Happened

    You probably know that most liberal New Testament scholars don’t have time for miracles. All those miracles stories and supernatural events? They’re all pious fiction. Somebody made it up. It’s “mythical.” They say the early Christians added that fairy tale stuff to make Jesus more... Read more
  • The Eucharist: God’s Response to Our Helplessness

    Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand in Mt 4:13-21 gives us an insight into how He responds to human helplessness, those moments when we feel overwhelmed by our personal and societal circumstances. Firstly, by His humanity, Jesus indeed freely chose to experience and share in our... Read more
  • The Cross Leads to the Greatness We Are Made For

    There is a quote by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that frequently makes the rounds in social media: “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” On the surface it is a summons to rise above the things of this world in order to achieve the... Read more
  • What Is the Hidden Treasure Buried in the Field?

    In Sunday’s Gospel we are told of a man who finds a hidden treasure buried in a field and that he goes and sells all he has to buy the filed in order to have that treasure. Why is it hidden and what does that mean for us? To say that the treasure, an image for the Kingdom of Heaven, is... Read more
  • St. Mary Magdalene Shows Us the Joy of the Resurrection

    Among the gospel writers it is a unanimous fact that Mary Magdalene is the first of the disciples to see Jesus risen and spread the news that he was back from the dead. All four gospel writers mention that on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, she makes her way to the tomb... Read more
  • Coronavirus Stalks in the Darkness, But Do Not Be Afraid

    I write this from my perspective as a priest responsible for the care of souls; I do not claim to be a medical expert. My pastoral concern is that we as a nation and as a Church have succumbed to excessive fear, which bespeaks a spiritual problem. The medical concerns arising from the pandemic... Read more
  • “Catholics, start reading the Bible!”: An interview with Fr. Timothy Peters

    Fr. Timothy Peters, S.T.D., is an assistant professor of biblical studies at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, which serves the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as well as other dioceses, including the Diocese of Orange, for which he was ordained a priest in 2003. ... Read more
  • Sts. Peter and Paul: Two Pillars, Two Ways

    In front of St. Peter’s Basilica, like two gigantic guardians of the faith, stand St. Peter and St. Paul. St. Peter the fisherman. St. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who speaks from the heart. Paul the man who speaks from his head. Peter the peasant. Paul... Read more
  • No Other Options: Are you a Saint or an Ain’t ??

    In today’s Gospel (Thursday of the 12th Week) we come face to face with the ultimate necessity of allowing the Lord to transform us. The Lord, in the Sermon on the Mount , is offering us a whole new life and we must choose to accept it and see our life change, based on it, or we will simply... Read more