Stories of the Unexpected

Check out my new YouTube channel here Stories of the Unexpected are short, true life stories of the supernatural which will act as teasers leading to a more in depth discussion here on my blog. More later… [Read more…]

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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 entitled 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 corruption 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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Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

  This article was first published in CRUX Pope Francis has called for women to be granted more prominent roles in the church and for the Catholic church to continue to develop a positive “theology of women.” CNS reports here that at the Synod of the Family Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher suggested that the church [Read More…]

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New Wave of New Testament Scholarship

My article for CRUX this week highlights the new wave of New Testament scholarship in which the tired old theories of the liberal academics are at last being overturned with new discoveries, insights, facts, common sense and faith. The radical, revisionist scholarship reached it’s high point with the so called “Jesus Seminar” in the 1980s [Read More…]

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Here is a REAL Religion

I will be blogging more at National Catholic Register, and here is my latest blog post. As I said Mass there was also the strange awareness of transcending time. Here I was in a simple warehouse-type building in South Carolina at the beginning of the twenty-first century wearing the robes of a Roman patrician, celebrating a [Read More…]

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A President with Catholic Values?

Much talk today about the fact that come November we will be faced with the choice of a venal, arrogant, immoral, sleazy Republican or a venal, arrogant, immoral, sleazy Democrat for President. There seems to be a fair bit of chest beating and questioning going on…”Where is the candidate who best expresses Catholic values?” or [Read More…]

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Disturbed by the Presidential Election? Take My Advice…

If you’re like me you are aghast at the choices now before us. It is almost certain that the American people will choose between a corrupt, scheming, immoral, venal, arrogant, greedy and ignorant Republican or a corrupt, scheming, immoral, venal, arrogant and ignorant Democrat. Both of whom are old friends of each other and who luxuriate [Read More…]

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Why the Immaculata Matters

On our recent pilgrimage to Poland I was reminded again of St Maximilian Kolbe’s devotion to Mary who he referred to as “the Immaculata” In the face of the growing evil in Europe during his lifetime he formed the Militia of the Immaculate because he wanted an army of Catholics totally dedicated to the spiritual warfare [Read More…]

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Do Not Be Afraid! – Sunday’s Homily

My homily this week reflects on our parish pilgrimage to Poland and witnesses to the heroism of Pope St John Paul the Great and St Faustina. Go here to listen to A Pope and Providence: Do Not Be Afraid! [Read more…]

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Maximillian Kolbe and the Redemption of Auschwitz

My article at Aleteia this week is a reflection on our pilgrimage visit to Kolbe’s friary and subsequent visit to Auschwitz. We were graced this month to travel to Poland on a parish pilgrimage. It was my first extended visit to the country, so it was therefore a great joy to visit Niepokalanow — the [Read More…]

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The Agony of Auschwitz

I didn’t get to blog very much during our parish pilgrimage to Poland because we were on the go the whole time and when I wasn’t on the move I was spending time with the pilgrims, hearing confessions, saying Mass, leading prayers or just hanging out. We’re all trying to sift through our memories to [Read More…]

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On the Reality and Relevance of Relics

We are heading home after a fantastic parish pilgrimage to Poland where we were uplifted, astounded and inspired by Catholic Poland. Part of the reason for our journey was to receive first class relics of Pope St John Paul II and St Faustina to be housed in the new Shrine of the Divine Mercy in [Read More…]

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Eucharistic Miracles and Protestants?

I’m blogging from Poland, and meant to do a fair bit of writing from this wonderful country, but the schedule of our pilgrimage has been full of faith and fellowship, so the blogging and writing has gotten pushed back. On our departure a week ago we heard about the new Eucharistic miracle at Legnica in [Read More…]

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Does Amoris Laetitia Encourage Communion of Divorced and Re-Married?

Embed from Getty Images This article from Aleteia re-affirms two things about Pope Francis’ exhortation. First of all Cardinal Schonborn affirms what Cardinal Burke said in his interview at National Catholic Register that the exhortation needs to be read in continuity with the whole of the magisterium. The magisterium of the church’s teaching is, as it [Read More…]

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Amoris Laetitia – Chapter 8 and That Footnote…

Readers have asked for my opinion about the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, and apart from a couple of posts over the weekend about the issue of marriage in general I haven’t commented that much. That’s because I haven’t had the time to read the exhortation. Now, having read it, my reactions are much the same [Read More…]

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Praying the Hail Mary for Spiritual Warfare

  One of my favorite Catholic images is that of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus, standing on the globe crowned with twelve stars, trampling a serpent under her feet and offering the rosary to the world. This image from the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation captures the majesty and power [Read More…]

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Worried? Upset? Confused? Here’s a Great Problem Solver

The other day a woman came to see me with a problem. During her prayer time she saw an angel. It was a beautiful angel who smiled at her. She told me all about her vision in great detail and waited for my reply. I said, “Wonderful. What are you going to do about that?” [Read More…]

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