September 30, 2018

The Ongoing Disaster

– of the sex abuse scandal and its coverup is effectively destroying the credibility of the Catholic Church.  (“Disaster” is not my word: It’s Cardinal Dolan’s; but I couldn’t agree more.) And as for impact on the church’s ability to do its job, consider these figures from a recent (Sept. […]
February 24, 2013

Practicing Catholic V: Listening to the Gospel

To be a disciple of Christ is to learn from Christ. We meet the Risen Christ in His Word, especially as that Word is heard in the communion of the church. But we only hear if we listen. Listening is hard, and rare.
February 17, 2013

Practicing Catholic IV: Discipleship and Life Together

If the communion of disciples, instructed by the Gospels and invigorated by the presence of the Risen Christ, is the seedbed of faith and sanctity, how we live together matters greatly.
February 10, 2013

Practicing Catholic III: Discipleship and Silence

I’m faced with a pull from two sides: I regularly hear from one group of parishioners that they find the noise of chatter before Mass distracting and even damaging to their spiritual growth.
February 3, 2013

Practicing Catholic II: The Gospel and Discipleship

How does one learn to belong to the Catholic Church? One common mistake is to focus on the creed at the expense of the Gospel. Creeds are vital — they tell us what we believe.
January 27, 2013

“Practicing” Catholic: Beginning A Series

What are the basics of being a “practicing Catholic” today? It seems that a lot of well-meaning and faithful people are confused on this, so a refresher might be in order.
January 20, 2013

Staff Changes: Update

We’ve had some staff changes over the past few weeks, so I want to note them here.
January 13, 2013

Priests and Masses

As the new year starts I want to bring you up to date on a conversation that’s going on among parish leadership. It has to do with our likely future, when — possibly as early as this June, possibly later — our staff is reduced to two priests.
January 6, 2013

For 2013 — and Beyond

Last week I suggested a New Year’s resolution: Use the new year to figure out what gifts God wants to give to the world through you. Let me tell you a story.