Boy Bishop Tradition Revived

Today at St Joseph’s Catholic School (an the eve of the Feast of St Nicholas) we revived the medieval custom of the boy Bishop. An eighth grade member of our guild of servers was elected by his peers and became bishop for a day. The two runners up served as his canons. They processed at [Read More...]

Advent Retreat

I’ll be leading an Advent parish retreat at St Mark’s in Newberry, South Carolina tonight and tomorrow night starting at 6:30. I’ll be talking about four Advent characters; St Elizabeth, St John the Baptist, St Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, and linking each with a Christian virtue: hope, courage, purity and obedience. All are welcome! [Read more...]

Apostacy and Advent

The major problem in the church today is when Christians exchange the Divine and supernatural economy of redemption for an attempt to change the world. Many Catholics have forgotten that the Church is established for the forgiveness of sins and the proclamation of the gospel, and believe instead that the Church is here to make [Read More...]

A Question for Your Protestant Friends

Without Mary we would not have Jesus, so how can we expect to have Jesus without Mary? [Read more...]


Watched Emma the other evening. Somehow it doesn’t compare with Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. I think it comes down to the script and direction.  Emma Thompson’s script and Ang Lee’s direction in Sense and Sensibility somehow retained the seriousness, depth and beauty of Austen’s original. The film version of Emma just didn’t come up to the same [Read More...]

Preaching the Word

When I first arrived at St Joseph’s one of the kids was asked what he thought of the new chaplain and he said, “He preaches like a Baptist.” I took it as a compliment….sort of. Anyway, you can judge for yourselves. I am thinking of making my homilies available through podcast, but before I invest [Read More...]

Win a Car

This is the final week before our Annual Knight Before Christmas Gala. On Saturday night the winning ticket will be drawn to win a car or $25,000.00 cash prize. Second prize is a home entertainment center. Third prize a fabulous vacation. Each ticket costs $100.00, but only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Take a chance, [Read More...]

The Apostles – 3

In the third chapter of The Apostles the Holy Father discusses Tradition. He says, “The Holy Spirit appears to us as the guarantor of the active presence of the mystery in history, the One who ensures its realization down through the centuries.” Piling up Scripture references, he shows how it is the Holy Spirit who [Read More...]

Pope Benedict at Advent Vespers

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Watch and Wait

Advent watching and waiting for the Lord’s coming is a reminder that being alert, awake and alive should be our mental and spiritual state at all times.  We should be watchful and awake and waiting mentally. Never being dull or complacent, never being prejudiced or locked in to a narrow mindedness, never being suspicious or [Read More...]

New Friends

  Of the many emails I receive from blog readers, this one is especially encouraging: I graduated from Iowa State University this year in May and got married two weeks later. Over the course of my college career I found it very heartening to see the number of young Catholics who were strong and faithful [Read More...]

For Advent

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Advent One

Watch out! Wake Up! You don’t know the day or the hour! [Read more...]

For the Beginning of Advent

So now, my brothers, let us sing, not to enjoy a lifetime of leisure, but to ease our toil.  In the way that travellers are in the habit of singing, sing, but continue your journey. What does it mean, “continue your journey”? Fare forward always – but fare forward in goodness, for there are, according [Read More...]

The Apostles – 2

In chapter two: The Gift of Communion the Holy Father elaborates further on the gift of the Apostolic Church, without which there can be no salvation. He builds on St Paul’s trinitarian blessing in the 2 Corinthians and points out that the phrase ‘in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ combines the intimate unity and fellowship [Read More...]

Fr Elijah and End Times

I have just finished Michael O’Brien’s Father Elijah. I’m afraid (in my opinion) it is not a great novel–too much dialogue, and a rambling, episodic plot. However, I like the main character, and the main apocalyptic theme fits our time and the somber season of approaching Advent. For me, Elijah’s encounter with the corrupt count in [Read More...]

I Am Legend


We watched I Am Legend the other evening. It’s an intriguing film with wonderful Christian themes. Will Smith is the last person living after New York City is hit with a terrible virus that turns human beings into hairless, vampire-like creatures. He roams the streets of New York hunting for food, always sure to get [Read More...]

For Richer or for Poorer?

Not anymore. Here’s an article about the pampered poodle wives of Britain who go ballistic when hubby comes home from the investment bank saying he’s out of work. The writer has coined a phrase for these stay at home (and do nothing) spoiled women: Toxic wives. I’m starting to see the silver lining of this [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

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The Apostles – 1

We’re told by the Holy Father that the internet is to be used for evangelization and catechesis (and maybe a bit of quirky humor?) You might think this blog is just the random rolling stream of consciousness of a Catholic priest with too much time on his hands, but there is method to my madness. [Read More...]

Senior Retreat

Bobby, Moses and Padre on the Senior Retreat [Read more...]

Barbie and Ken Culture

A member of the RCIA class has Catholic relatives in Germany, and he asked why American Catholics have so few customs and traditions. “In Germany on All Souls Day everyone in the village goes to church and then to the graveyard to lay flowers and remember the dead and say prayers. This is beautiful. Why [Read More...]