Is the Bible an historical book?

Many will ask whether or not the Bible is historical. Since it is a rather complex set of books itself that can be easily misinterpreted and misrepresented, the question that must be asked is: which part?. Bishop Robert Barron is always quick to point out that the best approach to...

Why Jesus Never Pulled Rank on Others – and Why We Shouldn’t Either

Standing with a group of pastors, chatting and fellowshipping and shooting the (sacred) bull, I was interested to hear one say, “I told him I’m the pastor of the church, that God made the overseer, and if he doesn’t like it, he can find another church.”. He pulled rank on...

Can America prevent the Third World War?(2)

The Second World War was sparked off principally by the British and French attitude to a defeated Germany. Britain under the League of Nations exacted war reparation from Germany running into millions of pound sterling. France on the other hand seized Alsace-Lorraine which had been historically in dispute between them since 1648 when France seized Alsace and a further seizure in 1666 of Lorraine. During the Otto Von Bismarch unification of German States, Alsace Lorraine were taken from France 1871.

Reading for Thursday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Year B

(Luke 7: 36-50) Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For...

Praying in Ordinary Time 2021: 110, All Hallows’ Church, Bread Street

A plaque from All Hallows’ Church in the churchyard of Saint Mary-le-Bow recalls the baptism of the poet John Milton (Photograph: Patrick Comerford) Good morning from Crete, where I am staying on the eastern fringes of Rethymnon. Before the day begins, I am taking a little time this morning for...


YEAR B: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. HOMILY THEME: Stomach Evangelization: Winning Souls Through Eating and Drinking. _“And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.” *(Matthew 9:10)*_. Yesterday, our...

The Choice That Changes Everything

We all get surprises. We may be traveling the road of gospel living quite contentedly when we bump into something disturbing—a policy that doesn’t make sense to us, a doctrine that bothers us, a historical quirk that unsettles us, or a leader whose actions or positions we question. If we find ourselves wrestling with such concerns, we can learn a vital lesson about the one thing that matters most from Jesus’ experience with Simon the Pharisee (Luke 7:36-50).

The Power of Your Conscience

1 Timothy 1:18-20 God gave us the gift of a conscience to act as a moral compass, but if we ignore it, we may suffer shipwreck. When writing to Timothy, Paul charged the young man to keep the truths of the faith and a good conscience. Ignoring either piece of advice could have put Timothy in danger.

30 Ways to Move Forward in Faith

Many of us—if not most of us—can find the prospect of daily prayer and meditation daunting. There are so many challenges, not the least of which is our own fears of failure. Fret not. Humility about the process can be your greatest friend. Your own insecurity is fertile ground. All it takes is a seed, that mustard seed. Here are a few ways you can plant those seeds in a 30-day journey of self-nurture and delight.

Of Boasting and Modesty (Thurs, Sept. 16)

The word of the day is “boast.” Our society sees achievement as a sufficient reason be proud of ourselves. It sees nothing wrong with football players who do a dance of exaltation when they score or sack the quarterback. But today in our reading of 2 Corinthians 10:7-18, Paul joins the Lord who criticized the Pharisee who congratulated himself in the “Parable of the Pharisee and Publican” (Luke 18:11).

St. Cornelius, Pope, Martyr and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)

1 Timothy 4:12-16 12 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which...

The Life Cycle of Dependence

In many species, but especially mammals, God’s design is for the young to be dependent upon the adults until they can function on their own. Once independence is attained, the process repeats with a new generation of parents. The cycle in man continues as aging people often require assistance to meet their daily needs. So, the old become dependent upon the young.