Blog Posts from March, 2016

The Kerygma, Then and Now

2355409494 577c638320 o Monday in the Octave of Easter Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28:8-15 The year 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  One of the great discussions or debates within many parts of the Church at that time and in the succeeding years was whether or not Vatican II and its documents should be read with a hermeneutic of continuity or discontinuity, an elaboration of Tradition or a further development of it.  As in so many other areas of our life as a community of faith, the answer is “both.”  In fact, from the earliest days

Laudato Si’, Livestock and Lifestyle…

Dorn michael uncropped Did you know that what you choose to eat is the most important decision you make every day affecting the planet? Perhaps like many Christians I rarely in the course of my daily routine ever reflected upon this question. And until March 7th of last year, I was a product of the predominant narrative that the consumption of fossil fuels was the root and largest cause of our global climate crisis. Well, that night the narrative for me unexpectedly changed since I had been looking up the schedule of a local environmental film festival and stumbled upon the title, 

Naomh Pádraig—Ironies and Honor

St patricks day St. Patrick, Bishop St. Patrick’s life is filled with ironies:  he is celebrated as patron and missionary of Ireland, yet he was British; he was appointed a bishop yet always felt a bit inadequate and regretted his lack of education; his life and ministry are compelling enough, yet they have become elaborated and to a large part eclipsed by legends of snakes and shamrocks. Yet what drove him perhaps more than anything other than the love of God and his desire to serve God was also his deepest pain.  After growing up in a relatively prosperous

Send Capital Punishment to Death?

Maxresdefault (1) Monday of the 5th Week of Lent Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 During last night’s town hall meeting in Columbus, Ohio one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for President, Hillary Clinton, was questioned by an audience member about her support for the death penalty.  While Secretary. Clinton averred that her support for capital punishment was limited to especially heinous mass killings (e.g. the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995), what really caught and actually demanded viewers’ attention was her questioner. Ricky Jackson was just 18 years old when