WITHOUT APOLOGIES TO TAYLOR SWIFT

Friday Night, I got a text message from several friends.  The first one caught my attention.  "Bro, you really stepped on a land mine, huh?" I quickly responded, "What did I do now?" because I…

BELIEVING OR USING GOD?

"Here comes trouble."  It's not exactly something a priest wants to hear when arriving somewhere.  Even here in Jersey, where sarcasm is so common and implies what's being said is just a joke.  But that…

MAXIMILIAN, SOLANUS & “REMAINING”

When I was in the seminary, studying for the priesthood, one of the unique things that I experienced, not having attended Catholic School growing up, was learning about many Saints.  There were holy men and…

NO COMPROMISE: CHRIST ALONE

“Jesus Christ...There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”  How comfortable are we saying that in…

WHO’S TROUBLED?

          Why are you troubled? In tonight's Gospel passage, Jesus asks that question in a very particular context.  Jesus had been unjustly tried, horrifically tortured, even more grotesquely crucified, abandoned, and left dead in a…

CONFRONTING DOUBT

Have you ever noticed how fascinated people are, to the point that it sometimes becomes headline news when someone famous becomes Catholic?   In our celebrity-obsessed culture, that might not be surprising.  Movie producers will go…

“WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK…”

One of the things that I've learned working with college students over the past 16 years is how often they are ahead of the rest of the culture and the rest of the world.  In…