I moved to Redwater, Texas from Hahira, Georgia in 2014, but I grew up in Syracuse, NY in the 1950s. The first time I went to Mass at Sacred Heart in Texarkana, I was pleasantly surprised that on the first Sunday of the month parts of the Mass were in Latin. The Kyrie, the Sanctus, […]
Recently, I had the honor of presenting a paper at an academic conference centered on Aquinas as a Biblical Theologian. Academic discussions can seem disconnected from and irrelevant to our daily lives, but perhaps I can briefly attempt to persuade otherwise. Many of the problems in the world today in some sense trickle down from […]
Throughout Jesus’ life on earth, he was moved the Holy Spirit through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that he had. We who are baptized, and especially we who are confirmed, have the same gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have been given the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.
As parents, we want the absolute best for our children. We want our children to possess a certain set of values for their own personal character development and for the good of those around them. Here is a little exercise: look at the following twelve values and pick the three you think are most important. […]
Frankly friends, this is a battle for the soul of our children that I do not take lightly, and one that I know comes with a tremendous amount of heartache and frustration. The light of Christ does shine in the darkness of our youth culture, but you have to really strain to see it. When you see that light, it will remind you of why you volunteered to teach youth in the first place.