Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Less than two weeks into a new presidential administration, we have already seen significant assaults on human life and the gift of human sexuality. On the President’s very first day in office, the administration released an executive order that claims to implement the Supreme Court’s decision from last summer including gender identity in federal law’s prohibition on discrimination based on sex but far exceeds the limits of that decision.
Last Wednesday was a historic moment with the inauguration of the second Catholic president in the history of the United States. Presidential inaugurations are usually met with a short congratulatory statement on the part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, usually focusing on promoting good will and pledging to work together for the common good. A statement was issued Wednesday by Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the US Catholic Bishops conference, but un
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As noted last Sunday, this weekend we observe a sad occasion on Friday, January 22: the 48th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. The over 60 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lor
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week we observe a sad occasion on Friday, January 22: the 48th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States. The over 60 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people o
“Whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” When I was living in Argentina in the fall of 2007, there was a presidential election. After my host parents voted, we had a pleasant, typical Sunday, including a traditional Argentine steak cookout, swimming in the pool, and running around the yard with their grandchildren. On the
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What a crazy few weeks it has been! While on vacation I learned about Fr. Jose having the coronavirus, and while it caused a lot of confusion it was for the best that I was gone because I was able to come back and be ready to celebrate Mass and do everything else necessary to keep everything running. It involved a lot of negotiations with the airline and eventually an overnight drive through an ice storm in a rental car with a total strang
“Behold, the Lord and Ruler is come; and the kingdom is in His hand, and power, and dominion.” This – the text of today’s Entrance Antiphon – is not quite the introduction to the celebration of the Lord’s Epiphany that we would expect. It seems rather scary and intimidating, much different than the tender scene at Bethlehem. Indeed, this imposing text is from the prophet Malachi, who prophecies not the revelation of the Child in the manger, but that same Child’s coming in glo
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy feast of the Epiphany of the Lord! Our Christmas celebrations continue today as we celebrate the three great events of the Lord’s Epiphany: The coming of the three kings, the Baptism of the Lord, and the wedding feast at Cana. Though we usually think of the Epiphany as being primarily about the first event (with the other two being unpacked in the Gospels over the next two weeks) all three are a part of this feast. Though we currentl