Venerate the Cross with Your Life


Do you ever have one of those days you wish you could bottle? Yesterday was one of those days for me. But I couldn’t bottle it. And I put in a request but there was no extension. Those requests for 25-hour days and 35-day months just never do seem to get granted. The takeaway message [Read More...]

Why on Earth Would We Call Yesterday ‘Good’?

Cardinal Dolan at my home cathedral yesterday.   [Read more...]

Divinely Awesome

Describing a student studying St. Thomas on the existence of God, a priest said to me this morning: Once we have awe, we can make some real progress. And did this priest ever exude awe for the Savior He has given his earthly life to! And with a clarity only God provides. He faces his [Read More...]

Herod Lives — on Twitter


Twitter is a funny thing I still haven’t figured out how to use well. In one sense it could be considered an example of some of the worst of the modern age, encouraging the attention-deficit-disorder lifestyles of the era. But it presents this opportunity to catch people in a moment. They’re in a cab or [Read More...]

This Current Silence

From a homily: ‘I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in [Read More...]

Holy Saturday, the Day of ‘the great Vigil of Resurrection conquest’

“Do not rush to the conquest,” the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus urged in his Death on a Friday Afternoon. “Stay a while with this day. Let your heart be broken by the unspeakably bad of this Friday we call good. Some scholars speculate that “Good Friday” comes from “God’s Friday,” as “good-bye” was originally [Read More...]

About Last Night


And for every night, morning, noon, and moment: Jesus struggles with the Father. He struggles with himself. And he struggles for us. He experiences anguish before the power of death. First and foremost this is simply the dread natural to every living creature in the face of death. In Jesus, however, something more is at [Read More...]

Sin & Death, Disarmed & Defeated!

From B16’s Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: Because he is God, he sees with total clarity the whole foul flood of evil, all the power of lies and pride, all the wiles and cruelty of the evil that masks itself as life yet constantly serves to destroy, debase, and crush life. Because he is the [Read More...]