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St. Peter, the Transfiguration, and Leadership

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
On the second Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading for the Mass (Luke 9:28-36) described how Jesus took three of His disciples – Peter, John, and James – up on a mountain to pray.  While Jesus was praying, His disciples fell asleep.  When they woke up, Peter and his companions saw Jesus, Moses, and Elijah standing together.  Their bodies were radiant from being in a glorified state. When Moses and Elijah began to depart from Jesus, Peter reactively said, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  (Luke 9:33)  While Peter was speaking, Moses and Elijah entered… Read More

The Sins of a Holy Priest

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
[caption id="attachment_1363" align="alignleft" width="300"]Fr. John Hardon talking with Pope John Paul, II Fr. John Hardon talking with Pope John Paul, II[/caption] About 15 years ago, while I was at a silent men’s retreat, during a talk about the importance of confession, Fr. John Hardon revealed that he went to confession almost every day.  Later that day, while I was meeting with him, I asked,… Read More

The Three Temptations of Christ

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
The Modern Catholic Dictionarys definition of Lent includes the following: “Originally the period of fasting in preparation for Easter did not, as a rule, exceed two or three days.  But by the time of the Council of Nicaea (AD 325) forty days were already customary.  And ever since, this length of time has been associated with Christ’s forty-day fast in the desert before beginning his public life.” On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading for the Mass included a reference to the forty-day fast of Christ and then provided details of the three instances in which He was tempted by the devil.  (Luke 4:1-13) The… Read More

Did Pope Benedict Make the Right Decision?

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
[caption id="attachment_1346" align="alignleft" width="300"]The same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.[/caption] When my son, Harry, was six years old, his CCD teacher asked her students what they wanted to be when they grew… Read More

Ashes, Flesh, and the Resurection

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Every Ash Wednesday we hear the following words while a priest places ashes on our foreheads in the form of a cross: “Remember, man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  It was in the book of Genesis that we were told that man was created from the dust of the Earth and will ultimately return to dust.  (Genesis 3:19) As a result of original sin, our flesh, organs, and bones will begin to decompose after our death and eventually turn into dust.  There are only two individuals who have escaped this fate: Jesus Christ and His mother, Mary.  Rather than being left on Earth to decompose, after their deaths Christ… Read More