Sacrifice or Family Meal?

My article at Aleteia this week reminds that the Mass is first and foremost a re-presentation of Christ’s once for all sacrifice. When we shift our understanding of the Mass from sacrifice to fellowship meal we lose the most profound and mysterious aspect of our Catholic worship. Only when we remember the true meaning of [Read More…]

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Homily for Trinity Sunday

Go here to listen to my homily for Trinity Sunday entitledĀ The Trinity in a Cup of Tea [Read more…]

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The Problem with Pristine Primitivism

What on earth is “Primitivism”? It’s a reformist idea in religion that buys into the idea that the early church is the pure church and that we have to get rid of all the clutter and corruptionĀ that has accumulated in the church over the centuries. I’ve written a long article about the problem within Protestantism [Read More…]

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Get to Work. Do What You Can Do

After watching the nightmare of the American presidential election unfold I have woken up to a fresh reality. I would like to share it with you because I encourage you to do what I have resolved to do. First the bad news. This country and our world is in a bad way. The intentional lies, [Read More…]

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The Blog is a Hungry Monster

What has happened to your blog Father? Have you stopped standing on your head? Has the Suburban Hermit died or just taken a further vow of silence? Well, the fact of the matter is, blogs are hungry beasts. They need to be fed every day–in fact they want at least three meals a day to [Read More…]

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Fr James Parker RIP

A pioneer has crossed the river. Fr James Parker has died. Fr Parker was a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, but his priesthood was historic. He was one of the married Episcopal priests who petitioned Pope Paul VI in 1978, requesting a dispensation from the vow of celibacy so that they might be ordained [Read More…]

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