St. John of the Cross helps us to understand the joy of Simeon through the pattern that we all are likewise called to follow: deprivation, determination, and then, at last, consolation.
Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee—in a land of darkness, light has dawned. For that light to shine in the Church it must be received unrefracted. And so God worked through Paul and Apollos.
Called to be holy — the Scriptural and patristic doctrine of theosis (divinization) 10am Homily 1/19/20
The ladder of divine ascent calls us to keep in step with the Spirit.
Theosis, or divinitarion, is a foundational doctrine and the foundation of our faith. God calls you to embrace the full gospel of the Fathers. 8am homily.
Homily: Baptism of Christ Why It was fitting for Jesus to receive the baptism of repentance.
The journey of the Magi is the primary image of Epiphany. But how many people understand that this is a story of conversion? TS Eliot unpacks this in his immortal poem: "The journey of the Magi" in which he concludes, from the perspective of one of the Magi, "I will be glad for another death." This is what we can celebrate if we want to get the most out of the Epiphany season.
Christmas Eve Mass in the Night
The Shepherds were told that the child in the manger would be a ‘sign.’ What did that signify? The answer is our route to wonder, joy, and trust.
St. Joseph is an example of how to remain faithful when social pressure threatens our Christian integrity. He is also an example of authentic biblical masculinity.
Jesus says that those who are least in the kingdom of heaven are greater than John the Baptist. This in no way detracts from St. John's sanctity, but speaks of a new epoch inaugurated by our Lord. James (in the Epistle reading) speaks about the kind of people we are becoming in Christ and the patience that is appropriate as we grow more fully into who we are by virtue of Christ's redemption. Recording from the 8am Mass.
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1).
The 'trees' we cultivate in life--that is, our expectations and plans--are all-too-often reduced to mere stumps. Isaiah said a shoot shall come forth from the stump of Jesse. We can celebrate the 'stump' because the shoot -- the Plan B of God -- is more beautiful that what we had before.