Columns

Mercy and Truth in Action: Pastoral Care of the Family

We seem to live in a time when many (Catholics and non-Catholics alike) don’t seem to be very well-informed about how the average Catholic priest responds to situations like cohabitation before marriage, the use of contraception, the needs of a person who experiences same sex attraction and other similar situations

Our church’s story needs to be told — and we all need to tell it!

For as long as I serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, when the publication dates coincide, I will be writing columns both for the readers of The Leaven in Northeast Kansas and the subscribers to the Catholic Key in Northwest Missouri.

The Ascension completes the Paschal Mystery

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord commemorates the bodily ascension of Christ into heaven which is recounted in Acts 1:1-11, which is our first reading this Sunday. We are told that Jesus appeared to the disciples “during forty days” (Acts 1:3) after his resurrection and then He ascended into heaven before them. This […]

Prayers for Healing

This past Saturday, I celebrated a Mass to begin the Living in Truth, Kansas City Catholic Women’s Conference.

Escogidos Por Amor

Desde el pasado 29 de Noviembre de 2014 el Papa Francisco convocó el año de la Vida Consagrada 2015,

Revelation – ‘Behold, I make all things new’

The scenes of judgement and destruction in the previous chapter are countered with scenes of creation and blessing in chapter 21.

Pope Francis Calls for a Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy

A month ago, during a Lenten Penance Service on March 13th, the second anniversary of his election, Holy Father Francis announced that he was proclaiming an extraordinary Jubilee Holy Year.

Revelation – Views on the ‘millennium’

Revelation chapter 20 is a sort of theological rail station through which various sorts of interpretive trains pass. Each train travels from a different Scripture tradition and espouses a view of the end times which attempts to find its home in this passage. Six times in this passage St. John refers to a “thousand years” […]

The Call of Baptism: A Death March to Eternal Life

I like to think the somber title of this reflection is inspired by pious meditation on the Sunday Scriptures.

The Fall of Babylon

In chapters 17-18 of Revelation St John uses several ancient rhetorical techniques.

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May 29, 2015
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