The Real Presence

When I was a graduate student in Belgium, I was privileged one day to sit in on a conference given by Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Brussels. He was commenting on the Eucharist and our lack of understanding of it full richness when he highlighted this contrast...

Advent, the penitential season of anticipation

While repentance is a constant theme of the Christian life, the Catholic Church gives the faithful two extended seasons of the liturgical year for the specific purpose of examining our lives and changing our ways. Lent may be better-known, but Advent is also a time for sacrifice and humility.

Make room in your pew

A letter to the editor in another diocesan newspaper caught my attention last week. It was on a topic I muse about nearly every weekend at Mass: people in the pews. More specifically, people sitting at the ends of the pews.

From Paranoia to Metanoia - with Jesus

Sometimes we’re a mystery to ourselves, or, perhaps more accurately, sometimes we don’t realize how much paranoia we carry within ourselves. A lot of things tend to ruin our day.

We need the stability of the Lord

“What is that sound?” I asked, even as I realized that it was the buzz of books and knickknacks, plates and bowls, tables and, well, everything, rattling as the earth shifted.